ASEAN special envoy begins second visit to Myanmar

BANGKOK (AP) – Cambodia’s foreign minister arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday on his second visit as a special envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to the country, which has been mired in violence and civil unrest since the military seized power last year. Is.

State television MRTV reported that Praak Sokhon and his party arrived in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, and were received by foreign ministry officials.

ASEAN is seeking to implement the five-point agreement reached last year on Myanmar, calling for dialogue between all relevant parties, the provision of humanitarian aid, an immediate end to violence and the visit of a special envoy to meet all parties. . Cambodia is the current chair of the Group of 10 countries, which also includes Myanmar.

Myanmar’s military-installed government initially agreed to a consensus, but has since made little effort to implement it, and the country has slipped into a position that some UN experts have described as a civil war. as described. Its stonewalling prompted fellow ASEAN members to stop government leaders from attending key meetings of the regional grouping.

A spokesman for the military government said on Tuesday that Prak Sokhoon would not be allowed to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the deposed government, during his five-day visit. Suu Kyi is being tried on several charges, including corruption, and was transferred last week to a custom-built solitary facility in a prison in the capital, Naipitaw. His supporters say the allegations are politically motivated to defame him and legitimize the military’s seizure of power.

The military overthrew Suu Kyi’s elected government and then violently cracked down on widespread protests against her actions. After security forces applied deadly force against peaceful protesters, some opponents of the military regime took up arms.

Cambodia’s government said that Prak Sokhon’s visit would follow-up on the implementation of the five-point agreement, the outcome of a consultation meeting on ASEAN humanitarian aid to Myanmar held in Cambodia last month, and conducive to political dialogue through meetings with all It will help in creating the environment. Related Parties.

The leader of the Prak Sokhon military government is due to meet Senior General Min Aung Huling and officials from at least six ethnic armed groups demanding greater autonomy from the central government. But there are doubts that the meeting will advance peacekeeping as none of the participating groups are currently in armed conflict with the government.

During his first mission in March, Praak Sokhon met with Min Aung Huling, diplomats from other ASEAN countries, and a politician from the United Nations and Myanmar. He said after his return that he had seen minor progress during his visit and was not allowed to meet San Suu Kyi and other opposition leaders.

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