Due to the ongoing violence following the military coup a year ago, the Southeast Asian community of states, Asean, has removed Myanmar’s foreign minister from a ministerial meeting in Cambodia.
Phnom Penh – There has not been enough progress in implementing a plan agreed in April for the crisis-ridden country to justify participation, a spokesman for Cambodia’s foreign ministry told broadcaster VOA Khmer on Friday. Cambodia currently holds the presidency of the Southeast Asian community of states. The meeting will take place on February 16th and 17th. The military government had been asked to send a “non-political” representative to replace Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, it said. In April, the Asean states agreed on a five-point plan at a Myanmar summit in Indonesia, which envisaged an “immediate end to the violence” and a “dialogue between all parties concerned”. Chaos and violence still reign in former Burma.
In January, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen became the first foreign head of government to travel to Myanmar after the coup, prompting much criticism and protests. According to broadcaster VOA Khmer, the decision to uninvite Myanmar’s foreign minister was mainly due to pressure from countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. A total of ten countries belong to ASEAN. (dpa)