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ASEAN diplomacy in Myanmar intensifies as EU eyes more sanctions

ASEAN diplomacy in Myanmar intensifies as EU eyes more sanctions

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Diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are set for talks with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, as Myanmar enters its fifth month of crippling unrest since the military seized power on February 1 amid the increasing prospect of new sanctions from the European Union.

Myanmar has been in chaos and its economy paralysed since the coup, with more than 800 people killed in a brutal crackdown on dissent, according to a local monitoring group.KEEP READINGASEAN leaders plan Myanmar visit this week amid divisionsMyanmar cardinal calls for end to violence after church attackMyanmar shadow government allies with rebels against military

Erywan Pehin Yusof, Brunei’s second minister for foreign affairs and ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi arrived in the capital Naypyidaw late on Thursday, a senior Myanmar official, who did not want to be named, told the AFP news agency.

The envoys will meet Min Aung Hlaing on Friday morning, the official added and the military’s information team told journalists that they would shortly release more information on the meetings.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.463.0_en.html#goog_708862885Play Video

ASEAN, which has 10 members including Myanmar, has led diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis but the grouping operates on the basis of non-interference in each other’s affairs and acts on consensus. Observers have questioned how effective its initiatives will be.

It was not immediately clear whether the envoys would also meet members of the National Unity Government (NUG), who are mostly overthrown parliament members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

Diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are set for talks with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, as Myanmar enters its fifth month of crippling unrest since the military seized power on February 1 amid the increasing prospect of new sanctions from the European Union.

Myanmar has been in chaos and its economy paralysed since the coup, with more than 800 people killed in a brutal crackdown on dissent, according to a local monitoring group. Erywan Pehin Yusof, Brunei’s second minister for foreign affairs and ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi arrived in the capital Naypyidaw late on Thursday, a senior Myanmar official, who did not want to be named, told the AFP news agency.

The envoys will meet Min Aung Hlaing on Friday morning, the official added and the military’s information team told journalists that they would shortly release more information on the meetings.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.463.0_en.html#goog_708862885Play Video

ASEAN, which has 10 members including Myanmar, has led diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis but the grouping operates on the basis of non-interference in each other’s affairs and acts on consensus. Observers have questioned how effective its initiatives will be.

It was not immediately clear whether the envoys would also meet members of the National Unity Government (NUG), who are mostly overthrown parliament members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

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