Hun Sen, Cambodia’s prime minister, said he invited Myanmar’s junta head to an ASEAN meeting on the condition that progress be made on a peace plan he agreed to last year.
The news: Hun Sen, the current ASEAN chair, said he will speak with military head Min Aung Hlaing on Wednesday via video chat, stressing that since their face-to-face meeting earlier this month, ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi had been convicted and military aircraft had been deployed in operations.
- Last year, Min Aung Hlaing conducted a coup in Myanmar, and ASEAN unexpectedly barred the junta from key meetings for failing to implement a five-point ASEAN “agreement” on ending hostilities and permitting dialogue.
What they’re saying: “He (Hun Sen) said that he had invited HE (His Excellency) Min Aung Hlaing to attend the ASEAN summit if there was progress in the implementation of the five points agreed unanimously,” said a statement on Hun Sen’s Facebook page, summarising his call on Tuesday with Malaysia’s prime minister.
- “But if not, he must send a non-political representative to ASEAN meetings.”
- Cambodia has stated that it wants to interact with the junta rather than isolate it, but Hun Sen has been pressured by numerous ASEAN leaders this month, including those from Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, to stick to the deal.
For several countries, Hun Sen’s travel to Myanmar on January 7 was a delicate matter since it may have been seen as ASEAN recognition of the generals.
The ASEAN agreement calls for an end to offensives, the facilitation of a humanitarian response, and the full access of a special ASEAN envoy to all parties involved in the war.