As two regional envoys met with Myanmar’s military ruler Min Aung Hlaing in the capital Naypyitaw, opponents of the junta claimed they had lost faith in Southeast Asian efforts to settle the country’s problem.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has led the main international diplomatic effort to find a way out of Myanmar’s crisis, which has lasted since the military deposed Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected administration on Feb. 1.
Although the United Nations, Western countries, and China have all backed ASEAN’s mediating role, several Western governments have stepped up sanctions against junta members and their commercial interests.
The ASEAN envoys must meet all parties in Myanmar, including protest leaders, the NUG, elected parliamentarians, and Suu Kyi’s party, according to the Special Advisory Council for Myanmar, a collection of independent international specialists.
“Failure to meet with all relevant parties risks endorsing the junta and undermining the people of Myanmar’s immense effort and sacrifice in resisting the military’s violent and illegitimate attempt to grab power,” it stated.