Myanmar generals banned from ASEAN until peace plan progress

by | Aug 5, 2022 | World

Foreign ministers express disappointment at military administration’s failure to implement crisis plan agreed in April 2021.Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to bar Myanmar’s ruling generals from the group’s meetings until they make progress on a 15-month old plan to address the crisis triggered by the military coup.
Speaking at a press conference at the end of a series of ASEAN regional meetings in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s foreign minister Prak Sokhonn, who is also a special envoy on Myanmar, said the generals “must act in a way that shows progress is made, then we will be able to act on a decision to show progress.”
On Friday, the foreign ministers condemned the lack of progress in the so-called Five Point Consensus that was agreed with coup leader Min Aung Hlaing in April 2021, and demanded the self-styled State Administration Council (SAC) take action to comply with the plan before a regional summit in November.
The ministers said they were “deeply disappointed by the limited progress in and lack of commitment of the Naypyidaw authorities to the timely and complete implementation of the Five Point Consensus”.
And in a veiled warning to Myanmar’s military authorities, the statement – referencing Article 20 of the ASEAN Charter – noted the leaders’ meeting later this year could still take ac …

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