Melbourne (Chindwin): Much of a delight to the people of Myanmar and equally a distaste to the ears of Myanmar’s military coup leaders, ASEAN has decided to ban including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in the coming ASEAN summit, which will be held by the end of this month.
According to NHK, which broke out this news, the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held an online meeting yesterday on Myanmar and have decided to exclude Myanmar’s military chief for continuing to take a non-cooperative stance toward ASEAN’s attempts to mediate between the military and pro-democracy forces.
The crucial meeting was held following the Myanmar military’s propaganda TV known as MRTV aired a statement from the military denying a request to visit the country by Mr Erywan Yusof, ASEAN’s special convoy to Myanmar, who is also Brunei’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
On 12 October, he was believed to be in Naypyidaw – the country’s political capital as his scheduled meeting with political parties was cancelled that day.
Two days later, there was speculation that ASEAN considers barring Min Aung Hlaing to attend the summit later this month, which came true yesterday as expected.