ASEAN special envoy plans third trip to Myanmar; hopes to use Aung San Suu Kyi’s influence to end violence

Cambodia's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Prak Sokhonn, spoke to CNA in his first in-person chat with a foreign media outlet since his appointment as the ASEAN special envoy.

The Southeast Asian bloc’s special envoy for the crisis in Myanmar said on Wednesday (Jul 20) that he is planning a third official trip to the crisis-hit country and that if he meets Aung San Suu Kyi, wants to use her influence to end the violence there.

Mr Prak Sokhonn, who is also Cambodia’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, told CNA that he hopes to make this trip in the second week of September, ahead of the next United Nations General Assembly meeting, which is set to run from Sep 13 to Sep 27 in New York.

An alternative travel proposal would see Mr Sokhonn visit Myanmar in early October – just before the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) holds its annual summit in November. Cambodia holds this year’s ASEAN chairmanship.

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