Malaysia Threatens To Ban Myanmar From Attending ASEAN Summit

Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah on Monday (4/10) warned Myanmar that the country would not be involved in this month’s meeting of Southeast Asian leaders if it did not cooperate with the specially appointed envoy of the ASEAN group of countries to solve the crisis. deepening in the country now ruled by the military.

The ten ASEAN members, including Myanmar, elected Brunei’s Foreign Minister, Erywan Yusof, in August as special envoy on Myanmar issues following the military takeover and the overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government in February.

Yusof is reportedly still negotiating with the Myanmar military about the terms of Myanmar’s participation in the Asean countries meeting this month.

Abdullah expressed his disappointment in a meeting with his colleagues from other ASEAN countries about the difficulty of establishing cooperation between the Myanmar authorities and Yusof.

“Unless there is progress, it will be difficult to accept “Myanmar military leader General Min Aung Hlaing at this month’s ASEAN Summit,” Abdullah wrote on social media accounts. Twitter hers.

Yusof last month said he was still working on full access to all parties including with Suu Kyi and other officials detained since the February 1 takeover.

In a report released last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the opportunity to prevent the military from strengthening its power was narrowing.

He welcomed Yusof’s appointment but saw the slow progress ASEAN was making. He then called for action from regional and international groups to unite to prevent the crisis in Myanmar from turning into a large-scale conflict and causing various disasters in Southeast Asia and the world. (jm / em)

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