ASEAN Leaders Are Deciding Whether Myanmar Leader Should Come To Up Coning Summit Or Not

A regional envoy has said Southeast Asia is discussing not inviting the head of Myanmar’s military regime to their leaders’ summit later this month after the generals failed to make progress on a road map to restore peace after a February coup plunged the country into chaos.
In a news conference on Wednesday, ASEAN’s special envoy to Myanmar, Erywan Yusof, said the military’s failure to follow up on a five-point plan it agreed to in April was “tantamount to backtracking”.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the country’s army chief, seized power on February 1, ending 10 years of tentative steps towards democracy and sparking mass protests and civil disobedience.
A second foreign minister from Brunei, ASEAN’s current chair, said the bloc was in discussions about not inviting the military government to participate in a virtual summit starting on October 26.
The five-point consensus has yet to be implemented, Erwan said.
On Wednesday, Reuters news agency was unable to reach Zaw Min Tun, the military government’s spokesman. He said at a news conference last week that Myanmar was cooperating with ASEAN “without compromising its sovereignty”.
Myanmar’s military and the National Unity Government (NUG), the shadow government set up by politicians thrown out of office, have criticized the bloc’s efforts to engage the military.
However, there are signs that some countries within the 10-member grouping are becoming frustrated.
Kuala Lumpur will not support Min Aung Hlaing’s attendance at the summit if the military continues to ignore ASEAN’s attempt at conflict resolution, Malaysia’s foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah said at the country’s parliament on Wednesday.
In response to a follow-up question about whether Malaysia might engage with the shadow civilian administration, Saifuddin said Malaysia might consider dialogue with NUG “if what was agreed in the consensus cannot be achieved”.
There have been more than 1,000 deaths since the generals toppled the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, and thousands have been detained. Several opponents of the coup have set up armed groups to fight the military, while the NUG has declared a “defensive” war on the military

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