FILE PHOTO: The flag is seen outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat building ahead of the ASEAN summit in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 23, 2021. Reuters / Willie Kurnia One
October 22, 2021
(Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta said on Friday that its Southeast Asian neighbors rejected a decision to invite only non-political figures to the next regional summit to snub the leaders of the February 1 coup.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Military Junta said in a press release that the leaders of Myanmar’s states or governments have an equal and full right to participate in the 10-member summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The next summit is scheduled for 26-28 October. It is not clear who will represent Myanmar at the conference.
“Myanmar will not be in a position to accept the outcome of discussions and decisions that violate the provisions, objectives and key principles of the ASEAN Charter,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
According to the United Nations, the crackdown on attacks and protests that harassed Myanmar’s provisional democracy has killed more than 1,000 civilians and arrested thousands and prompted international criticism.
Myanmar’s military regime says the deaths have been exaggerated.
International pressure in ASEAN for a more stringent, policy against Myanmar’s failure to allow humanitarian access and begin dialogue with its enemies, taking agreed steps to end violence, in line with ASEAN’s “agreement” in April was growing.
The decision taken by ASEAN foreign ministers at the emergency meeting last Friday was a bold move for the consensus-led bloc that traditionally supports participatory and non-interventionist policies.
Ministers in a meeting last Friday approved coup leader Min Aung Hling, who has been leading the crackdown on the opposition since grabbing power from Myanmar’s private government, sticking to a tradition of non-intervention. By doing so, it was subdivided into the need to maintain the faith. The talks told Reuters.
After the meeting, the military junta said that the ASEAN decision violated long-standing principles.
(Written by John Geddy, Edited by Alex Richardson and Angus Maxwan)
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