The Myanmar Military Will Not Accept ASEAN Envoy Until Myanmar Is Stable

The ruling military in Myanmar is facing nationwide protests against the coup that brought down the elected government two months ago and has said that they would not accept a Southeast Asian envoy until they have established stability, prompting concerns that they will carry out more deadly violence against protesters and ethnic minorities.
Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reached a consensus on five points at a summit on the Myanmar crisis last April 2021, which was attended by the architect of the February coup, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing
There was an end to violence, a dialogue between the military and its opponents, and a visit by a special ASEAN envoy.
Currently, we are prioritizing the security and stability of the country Major Kaung Htet San, a spokesman for the military council, said on May 7th, 2021.
Only after we achieve a certain level of security and stability will we cooperate with that envoy said the Myanmar military.
There has been turmoil in Myanmar since the coup unleashed anger among a public unwilling to accept a return to military rule after five decades of mismanagement and underdevelopment.
The biggest pro-democracy demonstration took place on Friday in the commercial capital Yangon, and smaller protests took place in at least 10 other places around the country.
At least 774 people have been killed and over 3,700 detained during the military’s crackdown on opponents, according to an advocacy group monitoring the crisis.
In social media posts, several people in Yangon have been taken by security forces without warrants.
Kaung Htet San, a military spokesman, said more arrests of terrorists than had been publicly announced had been made.
As a result of the April 24th, 2021 ASEAN meeting in Jakarta, analysts and activists remain skeptical that Myanmar will implement the five-point plan, which has no time frame nor mention of releasing political prisoners, including ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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