The Southeast Asian foreign minister, who has mediated the crisis in Myanmar, called on the military rulers to release the prisoners and initiate agreed political talks. expressed disappointment that progress has been “extremely slow” so far
The United Nations, the West and China have supported the efforts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 10 countries to find a way out of the Myanmar crisis. Which is a country paralyzed from chaos since the Feb 1 coup that ended the decade. of the primary democracy
Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore A key investor in Myanmar said that ASEAN’s diplomatic efforts “It only makes sense if there is a genuine desire in Myanmar itself for real negotiations, negotiations and reconciliation.
“To be honest with you We are disappointed by the very slow and very slow progress,” he told Singaporean media on a phone call from Chongqing, China, where ASEAN foreign ministers met with Chinese foreign ministers on Monday.
Myanmar’s junta has shown little sign of heeding the consensus reached in April among the 10 ASEAN countries. including Myanmar which calls for an end to the violence political dialogue and naming special regional ambassadors
“Indonesia looks forward to pushing forward the implementation of the five issues after this meeting with a transparent process once again,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said at a news conference.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said ASEAN had to acknowledge the progress of the deal. “Painfully slow”
“The (international) community is awaiting further action by ASEAN,” he said on Twitter.
In a summary of the observations read at the meeting He said that ASEAN “Accelerate action must be taken to reduce tension and stop violence.”
The junta has been trying hard to impose control since ousting elected Aung San Suu Kyi. which provoked anger protests and strikes and efforts to form alliances across the country to thwart the military’s efforts to consolidate power.
Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, 75, is due next week in her first multiple criminal trial. according to her lawyer who met her on Monday for a court hearing.
Such charges include illegal possession of two-way radios. coronavirus protocol violations and bribery
The trial must be completed by July 26, Kin Maung Zaw, chief lawyer, told Reuters. by referring to the presiding judge Suu Kyi was detained in an undisclosed location. Read more
She was charged separately for violating the Official Secrecy Act. which carries a prison term of 14 years
Comments by ASEAN ministers follow a visit to Myanmar on Friday by two ASEAN ambassadors. During which they called on the junta to release all inmates and discuss consensus implementation.
The ambassador met with military commander Min Aung Hlaing and several junta-appointed ministers. The visit to ASEAN was not announced.
Min Aung Hlaing is different from his predecessor, more reclusive. He has been trying to maintain a high public profile since the coup. Public speeches and meetings with foreign dignitaries, businessmen, government officials and Buddhist monks. It is the main daily program on state-controlled television.
In a statement on June 5, ASEAN said the purpose of the visit was to discuss how Myanmar could achieve How to “peaceful solution for the benefit of the people” using five issues
The report states that they also “Call for the release of all political prisoners. including women, children and foreigners”, an appeal that is not consensus but is supported by a large number of ASEAN members.
Reuters could not reach a junta spokesman for comment on Monday.
The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said the meeting covered “Implementing the recommendations of the preliminary ASEAN survey”, the military’s plans to organize elections and “terrorism” by its opponents
Opponents of the junta and many people in Myanmar have expressed frustration at ASEAN’s lack of violent action. and the failure to include other political stakeholders. especially the ousted government.
Min Aung Hlaing met with the Chinese ambassador to Myanmar on Saturday, China’s state-run Global Times newspaper quoted the junta leader as saying Myanmar was willing to coordinate the implementation of the consensus.
The ambassador reportedly said China was ready to support the matter.
After the meeting on Monday Indonesia’s Retno said: Aid from China will “It’s highly appreciated. Because this will help achieve a peaceful solution.”
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