Snubbed yet again: Myanmar junta leader excluded from ASEAN Summit

Kin Phea, director-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, yesterday welcomed the Asean decision not to invite the junta leader to the upcoming ASEAN Summit.

“Cambodia’s position is not different from Brunei’s previous position and the common position of Asean as a whole, that without visible progress in the implementation of the 5PCs of ASEAN, he would not be invited,” he said. “The junta leader remains lacking in goodwill, honesty and commitment to implement the 5PCs.”

According to Phea, the decision not to invite Sen Gen Aung Hlaing was made through a “collective mechanism” within the ASEAN framework and was not one made by Cambodia alone.

He viewed the move as one designed to put pressure on junta leaders to seek peace.

“It’s an indirect pressure on the military regime to implement the 5PCs,” Phea said.

He said that it was not possible for the Myanmar military regime to send a non-political representative to the ASEAN summit because if they did it would mean that they recognise their failure to implement the 5PCs.

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