Cambodia PM says Myanmar junta welcome at ASEAN if progress made

Hun Sen pressed to hold generals to agreement. Myanmar breakdown a setback for ASEAN image.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday confirmed he had invited Myanmar’s junta chief to a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), on the condition he makes progress on a peace plan he agreed to last year.

Hun Sen, the ASEAN chair, said he would talk to military chief Min Aung Hlaing by video on Wednesday, noting that since their Jan. 7 meeting in Myanmar, ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi had been sentenced to four years’ detention and military aircraft had been deployed in operations.

Min Aung Hlaing led a coup in Myanmar last year and ASEAN made a surprise move in barring his junta from key meetings over its failure to honour a five-point ASEAN “consensus” that included ceasing hostilities and allowing dialogue.

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