Hun Sen Asks Japanese Envoy to Work With ASEAN on Myanmar Crisis

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked Japanese Special Envoy Yohei Sasakawa to work with Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, who is serving as the ASEAN chair’s special envoy on Myanmar, in his efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar.

The request was made at a meeting between Hun Sen and Sasakawa, who is also the president of the Nippon Foundation, at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Monday.

Sasakawa, Japan’s special envoy for national reconciliation in Myanmar, has for several years enjoyed good relations not only with Myanmar’s ousted and detained democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, but also with the country’s coup leader, Min Aung Hlaing. In 2020, his intervention helped bring an end to several years of fighting between the Myanmar military and the ethnic Rakhine Arakan Army. Despite his influence, however, the junta did not allow Sasakawa to meet with the detained pro-democracy leader during his visit to the country late last year.

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