October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - The Foreign Ministers of Southeast Asia to discuss the exclusion of Burmese junta leader Min Aung Hlaing from an upcoming regional summit at aThe meeting on Friday, sources familiar with the matter said.
Several members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN) sharply criticized the inaction of Myanmar's military government on a five-point plan it agreed with the bloc in April, centered on dialogue between all parties, humanitarian access and an end to hostilities. The meeting will be hosted by current ASEAN President Brunei, according to sources based in ASEAN member countries, which included a diplomat and another government official.
Myanmar military spokesman Zaw Min Tun did not respond to calls seeking comment on the meeting. The Brunei Foreign Ministry did not respond to an email request for comment.
Erywan Yusof, the special envoy of the block in Myanmar, confirmed the selast maine some members had been "deep in discussions " on not inviting the coup leader to the virtual summit on October 26-28.
He said the junta 's lack of commitment to the five-point process was " tantamount to going backwards. " Erywan's office declined to comment on Friday's meeting.
Myanmar, with a long history of military dictatorship and international allegations of systematic violations rights, has been ASEAN 's most difficult issue since the group was formed in 1967, testing the limits of its unity and non-interference policy.
Erywan said this week, he was in consultation with parties in Myanmar, does not take sides or political positions and looks forward to a visit.
In a statement Thursday evening, the Le mThe junta's foreign ministry said the proposed a visit this week but asked to meet with "certain specific individuals ", a request the military rejected.
Zaw Min Tin, spokesman for the junta, previously said the envoy would not be allowed to meet with ousted civilian government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as she is accused of crimes. read more
Myanmar was prepared to allow the envoy to meet with persons "from legally existing political parties "and should have accepted the revised tible " to establish trust between the special envoy and the country concerned ", reads the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The United Nations, the United States and China,others supported ASEAN 's efforts to find a diplomatic solution. But pressure on ASEAN has increased in recent months, with some critics calling for tougher measures to address Myanmar's reluctance.
Over 1,100 people have been killed since the February 1 coup, according to the United Nations, many during a security force crackdown on strikes and protests allied with the ousted government of Suu Kyi. Report by Rozanna Latiff in Kuala Lumpur and Tom Allard in Jakarta; Additional reporting by Ain Bandial in Bandar Seri Begawan; Written by Martin Petty; Edited by William Mallard and Mark Heinrich
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