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Myanmar junta tells ASEAN to stay out of its affairs in response to bloc’s envoy plan

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Myanmar’s military junta has warned ASEAN not to interfere with its internal matters after the regional bloc said it will establish a special envoy’s office to deal with the post-coup crisis in the country.

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at a press conference on Wednesday pledged that as ASEAN chair his nation would work according to the five-point consensus, referring to the bloc’s plan for putting Myanmar back on a democratic path, which analysts have termed a failure. 

In a press release, the junta’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded by saying that it would implement the five-point consensus “in line with the fundamental principles of upholding its national interest, sovereignty and non-interferences of the internal affairs of the member states.”

The junta also warned ASEAN not to “engage with any terrorist groups and unlawful associations [recognized] by the Government of Myanmar,” but did not mention any particular group in the release.

Myanmar’s military, which toppled an elected government on Feb. 1, 2021, reneged on the consensus that it had “agreed to” in April that year. The agreement was meant to be a roadmap that would restore peace and democracy in Myanmar.

The consensus called for an end to violence, the provision of humanitarian assistance,  the appointment of an ASEAN special envoy, dialogue between all stakeholders, and mediation by the envoy.

Since the coup, the Burmese junta has carried out a widespread campaign of torture, arbitrary arrests and attacks targeting civilians, the United Nations and human rights groups have said.

More than 2,700 people have been killed and

Myanmar’s military junta has warned ASEAN not to interfere with its internal matters after the regional bloc said it will establish a special envoy’s office to deal with the post-coup crisis in the country. The junta also warned ASEAN not to “engage with any terrorist groups and unlawful associations [recognized] by the Government of Myanmar,” but did not mention any particular group in the release. Myanmar’s military, which toppled an elected government on Feb. 1, 2021, reneged on the consensus that it had “agreed to” in April that year.

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