ASEAN Special Envoy Begins Second Official Mission to Myanmar

Prak Sokhonn’s five-day visit will involve meetings with regime figures and members of select ethnic armed groups, but significant progress is unlikely.

Prak Sokhonn, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s special envoy to Myanmar, arrived in the country yesterday on his second official mission aimed at mediating the intensifying conflict between the country’s military junta and its opponents.

Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun, a spokesperson for Myanmar’s military junta, said Tuesday that the envoy, who is also Cambodia’s foreign minister, would meet with Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and other members of the military-run State Administration Council (SAC) during the five-day visit. He has also been granted access to representatives of ethnic armed groups and individuals from “some political parties.”

During his mission, which follows an initial mission in March, Prak Sokhonn will attempt to nudge the military authorities in the direction of implementing ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus peace plan, which calls for an immediate cessation of violence, inclusive and comprehensive political dialogue aimed at ending the country’s conflict, and the distribution of humanitarian aid under the bloc’s auspices.

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