Myanmar likely to dominate ASEAN talks in Cambodia

Leaders of Southeast Asian nations began an annual summit yesterday that is likely to be dominated by Myanmar’s escalating violence and political gridlock, with increasingly frustrated ASEAN members struggling to get the country’s junta to comply with an agreed peace plan.

Several ASEAN representatives have blamed the military rulers for failing to implement a peace plan agreed jointly last year, which includes ending hostilities and allowing access for a special envoy and aid.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen addressed yesterday’s opening ceremony with a call for vigilance and wisdom during times of economic and geopolitical turmoil.

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