October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Southeast Asian foreign ministers will discuss the exclusion of Burmese junta leader Min Aung Hlaing from an upcoming regional summit at the time of 'a meeting on Friday, according to sources in the knowof the question.
Several members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) strongly criticized the inaction of the military government on a five-point plan which it agreed with the bloc in April, centered on dialogue between all parties, humanitarian access and the end of hostilities. The meeting will be hosted by current ASEAN President Brunei, said 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 last week some members had been "in profondeur in discussions "over not inviting the coup leader to the virtual summit on October 26-28.
He said the junta s lack of commitment to the 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 human rights violations, has been ASEAN's most sensitive issue since the group was formed in 1967, testing the boundaries of its unity and of its policy of non-interference.
The United Nations, the United States and China, among others, have supported the efforts ASEAN to find a diplomatic solution, but pressure on the group has increased in recent months, with some critics calling for tougher measures to address Myanmar's reluctance.p>
More than 1,100 people have been killed since the coup, according to the United Nations, many during a crackdown by security forces on strikes and protests allied with Aung San Suu Kyi 's ousted government.
Erywan said this week that he was looking forward to a visit.
Junta spokesman Zaw Min Tin in written remarks dated Wednesday said the envoy would not be allowed to meet Suu Kyi as she is indicted with misdemeanors. learn more 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
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