ASEAN excludes Myanmar's junta chief from upcoming regional summit

Asia's Tech News Daily

Myanmar's junta chief will be excluded from an upcoming ASEAN summit, the group said Saturday, a rare rebuke as concerns rise over the military government's commitment to defusing a bloody crisis.

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed at an emergency meeting late Friday that a “non-political representative” for Myanmar would be invited to the October 26-28 summit, current ASEAN chair Brunei said in a statement.

The decision effectively excluded junta leader Min Aung Hlaing.

The Myanmar junta slammed the decision on Saturday evening, accusing ASEAN of breaching the bloc's policy of non-interference in the domestic affairs of its member states.

“We can also see the interference from the other (non-ASEAN) countries,” junta spokesman brigadier general Zaw Min Tun told the BBC Burmese section.

He seized on talks between the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and ASEAN special envoy, Brunei's Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof, ahead of the meeting and also singled out EU pressure.

The bloc, widely criticised as a toothless organisation, took a strong stand after the junta rebuffed requests that a special envoy meet with “with all stakeholders” in Myanmar — a phrase seen to include ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The statement noted “insufficient progress” in the implementation of a five-point plan agreed by ASEAN leaders in April to end turmoil following a coup in February.

It also said that the situation in Myanmar “was having an impact on regional security as well as the unity, credibility and centrality of ASEAN”.

Richard Horsey, Myanmar adviser to Crisis Group, predicted the “non-political” representative would be someone below the level of minister or deputy minister.

Singapore's foreign ministry described the move as a “difficult but necessary decision to uphold ASEAN's credibility”.

Mustafa Izzuddin, global affairs analyst at consultancy Solaris Strategies Singapore, called the exclusion “a political stopgap measure for ASEAN to assuage international criticism”.

It sent a “political signal” to the junta “that ASEAN is not one to be pushed around”, Izzuddin added.

And independent Myanmar analyst David Mathieson said that “in ASEAN terms this is a real slap in the face”.

Thorn in ASEAN's side

Myanmar, mostly ruled by the military since a 1962 coup, has been a thorn in ASEAN's side since it joined in 1997.

Elections in 2015 overwhelmingly won by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party ushered in the start of civilian rule — but this was cut short by the coup.

ASEAN has been under international pressure to address unrest that erupted after the putsch, including massive protests; renewed clashes between the military and ethnic rebel armies in border regions; and an economy spiralling into freefall.

The bloc has expressed disappointment at a lack of cooperation from the junta, which continues to crack down brutally on dissent. More than 1,000 civilians have been killed, according to a local monitoring group.

Part of the consensus was to allow a long-delayed visit by a special envoy, Brunei Second Foreign Minister Yusof.

ASEAN has insisted that he meets with all parties concerned, but the junta rejected any proposed meetings with people on trial, among them Suu Kyi, who is facing various charges.

A senior US administration official, commenting on media reports about the exclusion before the official statement was released, said “it seems perfectly appropriate and, in fact, completely justified… for ASEAN to downgrade Burma's participation”, using Myanmar's former name.

Member nations had already voiced their disappointment at the path the junta has chosen.

“If there is no real progress then Malaysia's stance will remain: that we will not want the general to be attending the summit. No compromise on that,” Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Friday ahead of the meeting.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a tweet after the meeting that her country had proposed that Myanmar “should not be represented at the political level” at the summit until it restores “its democracy through an inclusive process”.

Aung Myo Min, the human rights minister of a shadow government of ousted Myanmar lawmakers called the NUG, praised the exclusion as “a very strong action” and voiced hope ASEAN would recognise the NUG as Myanmar's legitimate government.

Political activist Minn Khant Kyaw Linn, 23, who organised a protest in Mandalay where the ASEAN flag was burnt in June, said it was time for the bloc to allow NUG representatives to its meetings.

The junta — officially known as the State Administration Council — has promised to hold elections and lift a state of emergency by August 2023.

(AFP)

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Minister confirms the first case of Omicron detected in Delhi

© Provided by The Statesman Minister confirms the first case of Omicron detected in Delhi Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain confirmed on Sunday that the first case of the Omicron ... Read more »

Myanmar military truck rams down protesters, 3 feared dead

© Provided by Zee News Bangkok: An army vehicle barrelled into a peaceful march of anti-government protesters in military-ruled Myanmar’s biggest city on Sunday, reportedly killing at least three people, ... Read more »

COVID-19 alert! 59 students, 10 school staff test positive in Karnataka's Chikkamagaluru

© Provided by Zee News Chikkamagaluru: Amid concern over ‘Omicron’, around 69 people including 59 students and 10 staff members have tested COVID-19 positive at a Jawahar Navodaya School in ... Read more »

Jacques und Gabriella von Monaco erkunden den Weihnachtsmarkt

© Getty Images Fürst Albert und seine Zwillinge Prinz Jacques und Prinzessin Gabriella anlässlich des monegassischen Nationalfeiertages am 19. November. Am Freitag besuchten Prinzessin Gabriella und Erbprinz Jacques den Weihnachtsmarkt ... Read more »

Grandmother of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes in tears during vigil for murdered six-year-old

Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ grandmother Madeline Halcrow broke down in tears at a vigil held for the murdered six-year-old on Sunday. © PA Wire Madeleine Halcrow was at the vigil (Jacob King/PA) ... Read more »

"Might be a possibility": Journalist drops Celtic transfer claim involving 23 y/o star

Journalist Peter O’Rourke has said that Celtic “definitely” won’t sign Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers in January, but next summer is a possibility. © GiveMeSport p1flr8sbqp1a63lagqp9fo5175ub.jpg The USA international is on ... Read more »

'Ronaldo's work off the ball, chapeau' - Man Utd star's pressing impresses Rangnick as new manager starts with a win

Ralf Rangnick has praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his work off the ball as the German coach’s reign at Manchester United started with a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace. A goal ... Read more »

Hawaii County police seeks Hale Nani inmate who escaped

Dec. 5—Hawaii County police are looking for an inmate, considered dangerous, who escaped from the Hale Nani Reintegration Center Friday night. Keahi Sale, 32, who is serving time for first-degree ... Read more »

Jazz vs. Cavaliers odds, line, spread: 2021 NBA picks, Dec. 5 predictions, best bets from model on 117-77 roll

A pair of red hot teams square off when the Utah Jazz take on the host Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA action on Sunday afternoon. The Jazz (15-7), who have won ... Read more »

Factbox-Humor of the late former Senator Bob Dole

FILE PHOTO: Bob Dole sits with former President Bush and his wife Barbara. Former Senator Bob Dole was renown for a sense of humor that could be self-deprecating, good natured ... Read more »

Ralf Rangnick's favourite tactic has already had an impact on Manchester United

Manchester United supporters were eagerly awaiting to see what Ralf Rangnick could implement in the space of no time, and it’s clear there’s been an impact already. Sunday’s 1-0 win ... Read more »

Omicron variant: The 'most important' symptoms to be aware of - have you spotted them?

The World Health Organisation says there is not currently any evidence to support the suggestions the symptoms of the new Omicron strain differ from those of the previous strains. Large ... Read more »

Four people are arrested in Derby on suspicion of murder

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Three men and a woman have now been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman died following an incident at a house in ... Read more »

In new blow to Venezuelan opposition, major leader quits interim government

FILE PHOTO: Representative of the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, Julio Borges is seen before a meeting of the Lima Group in Brasilia By Deisy Buitrago and Vivian Sequera CARACAS ... Read more »

Factbox-Facts about the late former Senator Bob Dole

FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole and her husband, former Senator Bob Dole, are pictured at the unveiling of a statue of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan ... Read more »

Motor racing-F2 racers Fittipaldi and Pourchaire taken to hospital after start line crash

Formula Two racers Theo Pourchaire and Enzo Fittipaldi were airlifted to hospital on Sunday after a start-line crash in the Saudi Arabian round of the Formula One feeder series. Both ... Read more »

Doctors ‘incredibly frustrated' that unvaccinated Covid patients are delaying NHS operations

Doctors have said it is “incredibly frustrating” that unvaccinated people who are seriously unwell with Covid-19 are delaying the care of other patients. The British Medical Association said that a ... Read more »

COA questions P14.97 billion in PhilHealth emergency payments

The Commission on Audit is questioning payments made by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) amounting to P14.97 billion under its interim reimbursement mechanism. In its report, COA said PhilHealth ... Read more »

Jacqueline Fernandez stopped at Mumbai Airport as ED issues lookout notice in Rs 200 extortion case

© Provided by Jagran English New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Actress Jacqueline Fernandez was stopped at Mumbai Airport by authorities on Sunday due to a lookout notice issued by ... Read more »

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard ruled out of Pakistan tour

© Provided by Zee News West Indies’ white-ball captain Kieron Pollard has been ruled out of the side’s tour of Pakistan this month after failing to recover from the hamstring ... Read more »

‘Absolute mustard', ‘Unreal footballer' – Many Stoke fans heap praise on one player following QPR victory

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Stoke City v Hull City After back-to-back defeats, Stoke City got back to winning ways on the road on a cold Sunday ... Read more »

With billions in new deals, France's Rafale fighter makes a comeback

© Stephane de Sakutin, AP The sale of 80 Rafale fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates was not only deemed “historic”, but it also seemed to confirm the continuing ... Read more »

Salt Bae customer claims staff member refused £10 tip

© ES Copmposite saltbaenusret081121v1.jpg A diner has claimed staff turned down a £10 tip at Salt Bae’s Knightsbridge restaurant in a recent Trip Advisor review with a one-star rating. Restaurant ... Read more »

Sam Kerr chip seals Chelsea's FA Cup win in front of 40,000 at Wembley

© Alamy Stock Photo Sam Kerr’s chip was the icing on the cake for Chelsea. SAM KERR GRABBED a second-half double as Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 win over Arsenal ... Read more »

Enzo Fittipaldi airlifted to hospital after horror F2 crash in Saudi Arabia

© Getty Theo Pourchaire of France and ART Grand Prix and Enzo Fittipaldi of Brazil and Charouz Racing System receive medical treatment – Getty Enzo Fittipaldi has been airlifted to ... Read more »

Ralf Rangnick blown away by Cristiano Ronaldo during Man Utd's win over Crystal Palace

Ralf Rangnick heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo after Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 1-0. The Red Devils interim manager took charge of his first match at Old Trafford on Sunday, ... Read more »

Valérie Pécresse: the ‘bulldozer' who would be France's first female president

When Valérie Pécresse crossed rural France this summer, visiting farms and villages to escape what she called her grotesquely unfair image as a “blonde bourgeoise” from Versailles, she promised to ... Read more »

Chelsea's Millie Bright picks up bizarre injury as she lifts Women's FA Cup trophy

© GiveMeSport Chelsea’s Millie Bright picked up a bizarre injury as she lifted the Women’s FA Cup trophy at Wembley this evening Chelsea’s Millie Bright picked up a bizarre injury ... Read more »

Belgian police use water cannon and tear gas on Covid protesters

© Geert Vanden Wijngaert Demonstrators light fireworks during a protest against coronavirus measures in Brussels (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP) Belgian police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters in ... Read more »

Sunday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

Sunday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are ... Read more »

Wechsel in Deutschland: So soll der Start der Ampel-Regierung ablaufen

In Deutschland übernimmt eine neue Regierung. Nächste Woche sollen die letzten Vereinbarungen getroffen werden. Welche Hürden muss die Ampel-Koalition noch nehmen? © Bereitgestellt von Blick So soll der Start der ... Read more »

"Warschauer Gipfel": Rechte Parteien wollen EU umgestalten

© Keystone/AP/Str Auf Einladung der nationalkonservativen polnischen Regierungspartei Recht und Gerechtigkeit (PiS) haben sich in Warschau führende Vertreter konservativer und rechtspopulistischer Parteien über ihre Europapolitik abgestimmt. Zweck des von den ... Read more »

Tausende Demonstrieren in Brüssel gegen Corona-Massnahmen

© Keystone/AP/Geert Vanden Wijngaert Bei einer Demonstration gegen die Corona-Massnahmen in Belgien hat die Polizei am Sonntag Wasserwerfer und Tränengas gegen Protestierende eingesetzt. Eine Gruppe von Jugendlichen habe zuvor Sicherheitskräfte ... Read more »

Omikron-Virusvariante erstmals in Rumänien bestätigt

© Keystone/AP/Alexandru Dobre In Rumänien haben die Behörden erstmals zwei Fälle der Omikron-Variante des Corona-Virus durch Genomsequenzierung bestätigt. Dies meldete die Nachrichtenagentur Mediafax am Samstagabend unter Berufung auf das Gesundheitsministerium ... Read more »

A Colorado sheriff's office said it didn't intend to be 'insensitive' after it tweeted a photo of Santa getting a concealed carry permit

The El Paso County Sheriff‘s Office posted this photo of a man dressed as Santa getting a concealed handgun permit.El Paso County Sheriff‘s Office/Twitter The El Paso County Sheriff's Office ... Read more »

​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of $1 billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors

Photo illustration of Donald Trump Former President Trump's social media group, Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. (TMTG), and its blank-check company announced on Saturday it had received a commitment ... Read more »

Former U.S. senator, presidential candidate Bob Dole, dies at age 98

FILE PHOTO: Bob Dole attends welcome ceremony in honor of new Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Bob Dole, who overcame grievous World War ... Read more »

Trump social media group raises $1 billion from undisclosed investors

Donald Trump's social media startup on Saturday announced that it secured $1 billion in new investment as part of its ongoing efforts to become publicly traded via a blank check ... Read more »

Huge king tide waves hammer California beaches as the moon, Earth and sun all come into alignment

CALIFORNIA’S beaches have come in for a battering as huge king tides hammer the coastline, as the moon, Earth and sun all come into alignment. The state should see some ... Read more »

Florida man fatally stabbed co-worker who refused to date him: report

Agustin Lucas Mariani faces second-degree murder charges. A Miami Beach man whose repeated romantic advances to a restaurant co-worker were rejected killed her outside her apartment, according to reports. Agustin ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic