Myanmar Junta ‘extremely disappointed’ over exclusion of ASEAN summit leader

Brunei said: in the statement that a non-political figure from Myanmar would be invited to the summit, after no consensus was reached for a political representative to be present.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brunei also said there was “insufficient” progress” on a roadmap to restore peace in Myanmar that the junta had agreed to with ASEAN in April, as well as “worries” over the junta’s commitment to establish constructive dialogue among all concerned parties.

“Some ASEAN member states have recommended that ASEAN give space to Myanmar for its internal affairs and return to normalcy,” the statement said.

In response, Myanmar’s military’s audited foreign ministry said it was “extremely disappointed and strongly objected” to being excluded from the summit.

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“The discussions and decision on representation of Myanmar issue was done without consensus and was against the objectives of ASEAN,” said the State Department.

“Ignoring the ASEANs” good traditions of promote unity in diversity and resolving differences through consultation and consensus would greatly influence unity and centrality of the ASEAN,” it added.

A spokesperson for Myanmar military government previously accused of “foreign intervention” for the decision.

Singapore’s foreign ministry said on Saturday it supported the exclusion of Myanmar’s junta, die said it was a “difficult but necessary” decision”to uphold ASEAN’s credibility.

“Singapore urges Myanmar military authorities to cooperate with the special envoy to implement the five-point consensus quickly and fully,” the ministry said in a statement.

The decision by ASEAN to exclude Myanmar’s junta is a rare bold step for the consensus-driven bloc, which has traditionally favored a policy of involvement and non-interference.

It is also an unprecedented punch for Min Aung Hlaing, who led a coup against An elected civilian government in February and arrested the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyic over alleged electoral irregularities.

More than 1,000 burgers have been killed by security forces in Myanmar with thousands of others arrested, according to United Nations, amid crackdown on strikes and protests die derailed the country’s provisional democracy and led to international conviction.

the junta says die estimates of the death tolls are exaggerated.

In August, Min Aung Hlaing proclaimed himself prime minister of a newly formed caregiver government. During a speech to the nation on On August 1, he reiterated a pledge to hold elections by 2023, saying his government was ready to… work with An future regional envoy on Burma.

‘Justified downgrade’

ASEAN has faced increasing international press for a tougher scaffolding against Myanmar, criticized in the past for its ineffectiveness in intercourse with leaders accused of human rights violations, undermining of democracy and intimidating politics opponents.

A United States Department of State official told reporters on Friday it was “perfectly appropriate and in fact quite rightly” for ASEAN cuts Myanmar’s participation in upcoming summit.

Singapore in her statement urged Myanmar to cooperate with ASEAN’s envoy, Brunei’s second foreign affairs minister Erywan Yusof.

Erywan has postponed a long-planned visit to the country in last weeks and has asked to meet all parties in Myanmar, including deposed leader Suu Kyi.

Junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun said Erywan would be welcome this week in Myanmar, but should not meet Suu Kyi because she has been charged with crimes.

Malaysia’s Abroad minister said it would be up to the Myanmar junta to decide on a deputy representative to the top.

“We never thought of removing Myanmar from ASEAN, we believe Myanmar has the same rights (as us),” foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah told reporters according to Bernama state news bureau.

“But the junta has not cooperated, so ASEAN must be strong” in defending his credibility and integrity,” he said added.

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