Hun Sen desired to bring back face after he was slammed over his recent journey to Myanmar being a waste of time,” he said.
As part of that procedure, he called on Min Aung Hlaing to assist in a see to Myanmar by the special envoy of the ASEAN chair as soon as possible. Reported by RFAs Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday urged Myanmars Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to promote an arrangement he made with fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members to end the political crisis in his nation, however observers state the entreaty had actually likely fallen on deaf ears.
Hun Sen, who just recently assumed the rotating chair of ASEAN, made the demand to Min Aung Hlaing throughout a video conference, a day after he validated plans to invite the junta chief to an approaching top of the bloc even though he has yet to carry out the so-called Five-Point Consensus, a strategy he accepted last April to end violence in Myanmar.
The call was billed as a follow up to Hun Sens Jan. 7-8 trip to Myanmar– the very first by a foreign leader since the militarys Feb. 1, 2021, coup– which drew widespread criticism for giving legitimacy on a program that has actually apprehended nearly 8,800 civilians and killed some 1,500 others, mostly during nonviolent demonstrations of its guideline, according to the Bangkok-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
In addition to talking about “how to more advance” application of the consensus, the 2 leaders “shared the view on the requirement to make more efforts to enhance the scenario in Myanmar,” according to a declaration by Cambodias Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hun Sen stressed to Min Aung Hlaing that he is “deeply concerned over the consistent violence” in the country.
The declaration said that Min Aung Hlaing informed Hun Sen that Myanmar “is devoted to deal with Cambodia as the ASEAN chair,” and that the two sides concurred to continue to hold “honest discussions on matters of shared interests,” but did not clarify whether he prepared to honor his promises to the bloc.
Talking to RFAs Khmer Service, Cambodian political expert Em Sovannara stated he anticipates there is little possibility that Min Aung Hlaing will follow through on his guarantees to ASEAN, regardless of the rosy portrayal of Wednesdays video conference provided by Hun Sens foreign ministry.
Hun Sen wanted to bring back face after he was criticized over his recent trip to Myanmar being a waste of time,” he said.
In the statement, Hun Sen noted that the Five-Point Consensus “represents ASEANs shared resolve to bring normalcy” and ought to for that reason “stay a concern.”
As part of that process, he called on Min Aung Hlaing to help with a visit to Myanmar by the special envoy of the ASEAN chair as soon as possible.
Other declarations on Hun Sens Facebook page referred to Min Aung Hlaing as the “senior leader” of Myanmar or chairman of the nations State Administration Council, using the main name of the junta– visibly various than the more deferential tone that followed the Jan. 7-8 visit in which Cambodias Foreign Ministry called him the Myanmars “prime minister.”
Earlier statements trigger issue
As recently as Jan. 20, Cambodias Foreign Ministry had actually issued a news release condemning clashes in between the military and anti-junta forces in Myanmars Kayah state for “jeopardizing” what it characterized as “development” made in the consequences of Hun Sens visit.
Such statements, along with Hun Sens failure during his visit to consult with any of Myanmars prodemocracy leaders, including imprisoned National League for Democracy chief Aung San Suu Kyi– another condition of the five-points– had prompted concern from observers, who said they recommend the prime minister plans to deal with the junta with kid gloves as chair of ASEAN.
In the weeks because Hun Sens visit, Aung San Suu Kyi has actually been sentenced to 4 years in detention and the military has released air strikes throughout clashes that have displaced countless civilians.
On Tuesday, Hun Sen told Dato Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob– his counterpart in fellow ASEAN member state Malaysia– that he had actually invited Min Aung Hlaing to an approaching ASEAN summit, supplied he executes conditions to end the political crisis in his country. If Myanmar stops working to do so, he said, the junta will have to send non-political agents to the meeting.
Hun Sen alerted that ASEAN has “a great deal of work to do” and can not permit itself to “become a slave to Myanmar” by becoming too concentrated on the latters internal politics, Cambodias Foreign Ministry stated..
Reported by RFAs Khmer Service. Equated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.
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