It’s a no go: ASEAN Special Envoy Sokhonn can’t make third visit to Myanmar

Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the short time left before Cambodia’s chairmanship ends and the Myanmar junta’s reluctance to show progress in implementing the 5PC has really made things difficult for the ASEAN special envoy to Myanmar.

He noted that the SAC had recently sentenced seven university students, who were against the military coup in February last year which ousted the elected civilian government of deposed State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, to death.

It (not going again to Myanmar) could be an expression of ASEAN’s displeasure over the dishonesty of Myanmar’s military leaders in welcoming ASEAN representatives to help find a solution to the political crisis in their country, he said. “Myanmar’s military leaders have no real will to resolve the issue.”

“Prak Sokhonn’s visit may not have been beneficial or positive because Myanmar’s military leaders did not welcome help from ASEAN and the international community. They did not implement the Five-Point Consensus and did not listen to foreign recommendations,”
he said.

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