ASEAN Countries Worry Over Cambodia PM's Visit to Myanmar

- 14 January 2022 19:37 WIB
ASEAN is concerned about chairman Hun Sen visit to Myanmar may suggest legitimization over junta. (Commons Wikimedia/Gunawan Kartapranata)
ASEAN is concerned about chairman Hun Sen visit to Myanmar may suggest legitimization over junta. (Commons Wikimedia/Gunawan Kartapranata)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - Malaysia's Foreign Minister, Saifuddin Abdullah, spoke up about the concerns that some Southeast Asian countries had regarding Cambodia's visit to Myanmar, as reported by Reuters on Thursday.

Last week, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is also the new chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), met with junta leader Min Aung Hlaing. It was the first official visit of any head of government to Myanmar ever since last year's coup, where the junta took over the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now convicted of multiple crimes.

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Upon conversations with the press, Abdullah revealed there were different opinions among ASEAN members about the visit. Some are concerned it would legitimize the coup-makers, ignoring the international efforts to isolate them.

Malaysia, however, was not against the idea of Hun Sen visiting the country. They simply wished the 69-year-old leader would discuss his plan with the ASEAN members, as he already assumed the chair.

"...He could have probably consulted the other ASEAN leaders and sought our views as to what he should do if he were to go to Myanmar," said Abdullah.

The situation in Myanmar has been unstable ever since the coup. The military has used deadly force to silence the protests. Armed resistance on multiple fronts is labeled as "terrorists". Thousands have been arrested to date.

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Last year, ASEAN took the unprecedented step of banning Min Aung Hlaing from joining any leaders summit over his failure in implementing a five-point peace plan which he had agreed to.

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Editor: Djauhari Effendi

Source: Reuters

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