Myanmar Junta Leader: ASEAN Fails to Stop Violence

The leader of the Myanmar Junta, Monday (18/10), said some of the ASEAN demands were non-negotiable and the violence that occurred in his country was also the responsibility of the 10-nation bloc.

“We were asked to solve it and we were the ones to fix the problem. I want ASEAN to do something about it. Some of the points of the ASEAN envoy’s demands are not to be negotiated. However, we are doing our best as an ASEAN member and believe the summit will take place according to the principles ASEAN,” said Min Aung Hlaing.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN decided not to include Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in the upcoming October 26-28 summit after his government appeared to renege on the long-overdue requirement of a visit by the ASEAN special envoy.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Monday (18/10), reiterated his disappointment over Myanmar’s rejection

“(We) are very disappointed with the way Myanmar is serving ASEAN leaders who have already taken a constructive approach with the junta in Myanmar, by producing five consensus. But unfortunately, the ASEAN special envoy was not given proper access to visit Myanmar, which allows him to meet his mandate as a special envoy, “said Saifuddin.

Myanmar instead accuses ASEAN of not helping its country and the move to exclude Myanmar’s leader is an insult and a blow to the military’s hopes of being recognized as the rightful ruler.

He blamed his rival government, formed by ousted MPs, as well as ethnic guerrillas for the situation, and ASEAN should share the responsibility.

Flags of several ASEAN member countries fly at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.  (Photo: AP)

Flags of several ASEAN member countries fly at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. (Photo: AP)

Min Aung Hlaing’s comments, Monday (18/10), came after ASEAN foreign ministers agreed to invite non-political representatives to the upcoming summit instead of Hlaing.

The ASEAN decision was made in an emergency meeting held by ministers on Friday (15/10).

Myanmar’s elected government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, was overthrown on February 1 and its leaders arrested by forces acting on Min Aung Hlaing’s orders.

The military claims it acted in accordance with the constitution in response to massive voter fraud in last November’s election.

But the military did not provide credible evidence for the allegations. [my/jm]

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