Junta’s refusal to adopt consensus poses challenge to ASEAN

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Yangon, October (29)

According to political observers, the coup military council’s response that it could not adhere to ASEAN’s five-point consensus was a challenge to ASEAN.

The Military Council responded that it will not follow ASEAN’s five-point consensus because it was not allowed to attend the Special ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia on October 27.

The junta’s statement said, “Myanmar fully adhered to the principle of non-interference in internal affairs and the principle of equal rights and obligations, but Myanmar did not accept the invitation, which discriminates the level of representation among the Member States.”

According to U Than Soe Naing, a political expert, ASEAN should consider taking action against Myanmar at the next ASEAN Summit because the Military Council stated that it could not comply with ASEAN’s consensus.

The ASEAN’s five-point consensus includes such things:  immediate release of detained leaders and political prisoners, end of violence in the country; dialogue among all parties; and humanitarian assistance by ASEAN; and the special envoy’s visit to Myanmar to meet with all parties.

These are the decisions agreed upon by the military leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, himself in front of the ASEAN leaders.

However, the military leader failed to implement the ASEAN consensus until 18 months after the coup, now the military regime has expressed that they can no longer comply with them.

News – Than Lwin Times

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