Myanmar Opposition Wants to be Invited to ASEAN Summit

Myanmar’s shadow government, formed by opponents of the ruling military, on Monday welcomed the exclusion of junta leader Min Aung Hlaing from an upcoming regional summit and said legitimate representatives should attend. The opposition also said it would accept a completely neutral alternative representative of Myanmar, who was invited to the meeting as decided last weekend by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

ASEAN will invite non-political representatives from Myanmar to the October 26-28 summit. This is an unprecedented insult to the military leaders behind the February 1 coup against the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The opposition National Unity Government (NUG), which is banned by the military, said non-political figures attending the summit should not be junta representatives in disguise. “The exclusion of Min Aung Hlaing is an important step, but we ask that they recognize us as the appropriate representative,” said NUG spokesman Dr. Sasa.

A spokesman for Myanmar’s military government called the decision a “foreign intervention,” which it said was against ASEAN’s goals, the ASEAN Charter and its principles.

Myanmar has been beset by unrest since the coup, which ended a decade of tentative democracy and economic reforms. Thousands of dissidents have been arrested, including Suu Kyi. Security forces have killed more than 1,100 people, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, the activist group that tracks the arrests and killings. The military labels its opponents as terrorists. [ka/ab]

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