Yangon, May (14)

Political analysts have condemned ASEAN’s efforts to hold an inclusive dialogue to resolve the crisis in Myanmar, which is in decline in all sectors along with conflicts, as ineffective.

Until now, the military council has failed to follow the Five-Point Consensus on Myanmar set by the ASEAN Summit held in the year of General Min Aung Hlaing’s seizure of power.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the rotating chairman of ASEAN, admitted at the ASEAN summit that Myanmar’s military regime has not made any progress in implementing the Five-Point Consensus.

In a statement after the meeting, ASEAN called for an immediate end to all forms of violence and the use of force, to create a conducive environment for the safe and timely delivery of humanitarian aid, and to hold inclusive national dialogues.

U Than Soe Naing, a political analyst, said, “ASEAN sets no deadline for the military council to implement the ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus, and nothing was effectively done about the Myanmar issue. The all-inclusive national level discussion that was mentioned last time is not going to happen. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The question is what ASEAN will do next on this matter”.

The Five-Point Consensus includes an immediate cessation of violence, consultations among relevant parties, allowing the Special Representative of the ASEAN Chairmanship to intervene in negotiations, and providing humanitarian assistance.

The 42nd ASEAN Summit was held from May 9 to 11 in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, and like previous meetings, a representative from the military council was not allowed to attend due to political reasons.

Political analyst U Ye Tun (Hsipaw), a former parliamentarian, also said that the exclusion of the military council from the ASEAN summit made it impossible to make a new resolution that could work.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi revealed that Indonesia, the rotating chairman of ASEAN, has engaged with political parties including the Myanmar military, the National Unity Government (NUG), and ethnic armed organizations.

NUG Prime Minister’s Office Spokesperson U Nay Phone Lat told Than Lwin Times that during the meeting with ASEAN, the main discussion was to prevent the military from getting involved in politics and from happening another coup in Myanmar.

Dr. Sai Kyi Zin Soe, a political analyst, said that ASEAN hopes to hold a meeting with everyone, but the military council, the revolutionary forces, and the public are unwilling to accept it, so it will take some time.

ASEAN, which cannot adopt the same attitude, cannot be expected to solve the Myanmar crisis, and political analysts are also saying that this crisis will not be resolved.

News: Than Lwin Times

Photo – RTM News

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