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ASEAN to hold emergency meeting on Friday

15/10/2021 12:10 AM

By Linda Khoo Hui Li

BANGKOK, Oct 14  -- ASEAN foreign ministers will hold an emergency virtual meeting on Friday and most likely will discuss issues relating to Myanmar, among others excluding its chief Min Aung Hlaing from upcoming ASEAN virtual summit from the Oct 26 to 28.

However, Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Tanee Sangrat said the emergency meeting from 6pm to 8 pm (Thai time) has “no specific agenda”.

“It may be an opportunity to consult on pending issues, and preparation for the summit which include implementation of the five-point consensus agreed by ASEAN,” he said.

Kyodo News, quoting sources, reported that Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia proposed at a high-level ASEAN meeting that Min Aung Hlaing who led a coup in February 1 that ousted the elected government under civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, not be allowed to participate in the summit.

The news report said, however, Myanmar’s military-appointed foreign minister or a senior official could participate in the leaders' meeting.

As international pressure builds on the junta to comply five-point consensus agreed upon by ASEAN in April,  Myanmar on Wednesday said it has not blocked ASEAN Special Envoy to Myanmar from visiting the country but will not allow him to meet Suu Kyi because she is charged with crimes.

Last week, ASEAN special envoy to Myanmar, Erywan Mohd Yusof confirmed some members had been in discussion about not inviting the military leader.

Since the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown by Myanmar’s ruling military led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on Feb 1, there had been internal unrest with nearly 1,000 civilians killed by security forces.




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