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Cambodia says non-political Myanmar rep invited to ASEAN meeting

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s overseas ministry stated on Thursday (Feb 3) {that a} non-political consultant from Myanmar had been invited to attend a meeting of Southeast Asian overseas ministers later this month fairly than the nation’s military-appointed overseas minister.

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had not reached a consensus on inviting Myanmar’s overseas minister amid an absence of progress in an ASEAN peace plan, stated Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry. Cambodia is the present chair of the 10-member bloc and is due to host the ministerial meeting on FebĀ 16 and 17.

“Meanwhile, we encourage Myanmar to be represented at the retreat by a non-political level rather than leaving the seat empty,” Chum Sounry informed Reuters, including it was up to Myanmar to resolve who the consultant ought to be.

Myanmar has been in disaster because the army overthrew an elected authorities a yr in the past, with round 1,500 civilians killed within the junta’s crackdown on its opponents, in accordance to figures cited by the United Nations human rights workplace.

Troops within the countryside are additionally combating on a number of fronts with pro-democracy teams which have taken up arms and ethnic minority forces.

Cambodia stated in a press release on Wednesday it was “deeply concerned” over developments in Myanmar, together with experiences of continued violence and a deterioration of the humanitarian state of affairs.

“ASEAN member states underline the urgency of the immediate cessation of violence and for all parties to exercise utmost restraint,” the assertion stated.

ASEAN final yr sprung a shock by barring the junta from key conferences over its failure to honour the ASEAN peace consensus.

But divisions over the problem have endured and Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen met army chief Min Aung Hlaing in Myanmar on Jan 7, a visit that had some regional neighbours nervous it could possibly be construed as an endorsement of the junta.

As ASEAN chair Hun Sen has come underneath strain to maintain Min Aung Hlaing to the ASEAN peace settlement, some members have demanded ousted chief Aung San Suu Kyi who’s on trial be freed and allowed to be a part of a peace course of.

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