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ASEAN considers barring Myanmar’s coup leader – Snr General Min Aung Hlaing

Yangon (Chindwin): ASEAN ministers are set to discuss excluding Min Aung Hlaing at the coming ASEAN summit. The ASEAN foreign ministers will discuss the removal of coup leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing from the ASEAN summit on 15 October. 

The coup leader has failed to implement the five consensuses reached at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting held last April. Some members have strongly criticized the military junta’s failure on the agreement covering dialogue among all parties to Burma, including delivering humanitarian aid and the end of hostilities. 

The previously unscheduled ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting virtually held on 15 October will be chaired by ASEAN chair Brunei Darussalam, said a diplomat and a government official from another ASEAN member. Last week, ASEAN special envoy to Myanmar Dato’ Ariwan Yusuf confirmed that some ASEAN members had discussed barring Myanmar’s coup leader, Min Aung Hlaing at the online summit from 26 to 28 October. 

The failure to live up to the agreed ASEAN’s five-point consensus promised by the Burmese coup leader was a setback, he added. According to some sources, three countries – Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia had indicated that they are in favour of excluding the coup leader from the upcoming ASEAN Summit.

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