Cambodia Says Myanmar Junta’s FM Not Invited to Upcoming Conclave

The announcement follows criticisms of Cambodia’s policy of pragmatic engagement with the military administration.

Current Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chair Cambodia has announced that Myanmar’s military junta will not be invited to an upcoming meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers, Voice of America’s Khmer service reported yesterday.

Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Chum Sounry told the media outlet that due to the junta’s lack of implementation of ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus peace plan, Wunna Maung Lwin would not attend the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat on February 16-17.

“Since there is little progress in the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus, ASEAN member states find it hard to reach a consensus to invite [the junta’s] foreign minister to participate in the Retreat,” Sounry told VOA Khmer. “Thus, we have asked Myanmar to send a non-political representative instead.”

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