Cambodian PM Calls on Myanmar Junta to Implement ASEAN Peace Plan

Cambodia says the junta’s participation in ASEAN meetings is dependent on progress in implementing its peace plan. But how will it define progress?

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged Myanmar’s military junta to make “persistent and concerted efforts” to implement an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) peace plan. Speaking as this year’s chair of ASEAN, the Cambodian leader made the appeal in a video call yesterday with Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, who led last February’s coup and has presided over the country’s subsequent descent into economic and political turmoil.

According to the official readout of the call from the Cambodian Foreign Ministry, Hun Sen said that his government was “deeply concerned over the persistent violence in Myanmar” and called on him to implement ASEAN’s plan, which is known as the Five-Point Consensus. “Persistent and concerted efforts to implement the Five-Point Consensus should remain a priority,” Hun Sen stated, according to the readout. Hun Sen also urged Myanmar’s military administration to allow a visit of ASEAN’s special envoy and to support humanitarian aid access.

The Five-Point Consensus, which was agreed at a special ASEAN summit last April, calls for both of these points, as well as a cessation of violence and political dialogue involving “all parties.”

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