Malaysia has stated that it will not budge on its demands for Myanmar’s advancement


Malaysia’s foreign minister warned on Friday (October 15) that if Myanmar’s junta chief fails to honor his pledge to a peace plan, he will not be invited to a gathering of Southeast Asian countries to deliberate on a regional reaction. Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah said he had been informed that Asean’s special envoy, Dato Erywan Yusof, would be visiting Myanmar next week. The bloc’s foreign ministers will meet virtually on Friday to assess the junta’s commitment to the peace process.
Myanmar’s military took power on February 1 in a coup led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, ending a decade of shaky democracy and sparking a backlash that has thrown the country into instability.
“We will be looking at the details of the proposed visit this evening,” Mr. Saifuddin said during a press conference.
“If no meaningful progress is made, Malaysia’s position will remain unchanged: we do not want the general to attend the summit. There will be no compromise on this.”
Myanmar has been one of Asean’s most divisive issues since joining in 1997 as a military dictatorship chastised by the West for its iron-fisted rule, putting the bloc’s unity to the test and undermining its international credibility. Though Gen Min Aung Hlaing is not formally recognized as an ASEAN leader, his expulsion would be a significant step for the bloc, which has historically preferred engagement over punitive measures and has a policy of non-interference in one another’s affairs.
Gen Min Aung Hlaing agreed to a five-point Asean plan in April. The group dubbed a “consensus” on the way out of Myanmar’s deadly instability since the military deposed elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of fraud in a landslide victory. Dialogue with all parties, humanitarian access, and an end to all hostilities are part of the pledge.


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