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Cambodia says ASEAN envoy will attend ‘informal’ meeting in Myanmar

The Philippine Star

December 22, 2022 | 5:36 p.m

BANGKOK, Thailand — A regional envoy tasked with resolving the crisis in Myanmar will attend an informal meeting in Thailand on Thursday, Cambodia said, with a Thai government source saying the junta’s foreign minister would attend.

The Thailand meeting comes shortly after the United Nations Security Council passed its first resolution on Myanmar, calling for “an immediate end to all forms of violence.”

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has so far spearheaded diplomatic efforts to resolve the unrest that has gripped Myanmar since the military seized power last year.

But there has been little progress on a “five-point consensus” agreed with the junta in April 2021 as the regional bloc struggles to find ways to enforce it.

Cambodia’s foreign ministry said Prak Sokhonn, its top diplomat and special envoy, will attend a meeting in Bangkok at the request of his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai.

“During the informal consultation, participants are expected to provide open and honest advice on how to accelerate progress in implementing the Five Point Consensus (5PC) on Myanmar,” the ministry said in a statement.

A Thai government source told AFP that the junta’s foreign minister, Wunna Maung Lwin, will attend the meeting.

It would be his first known trip abroad since visiting China in March.

The Thai Foreign Ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Myanmar’s junta also did not respond to requests for comment on whether Wunna Maung Lwin would attend the meeting.

There was no indication which other members of the 10-country ASEAN bloc would attend.

The 15-member UN Security Council has been at odds over Myanmar for decades, but on Wednesday also called for the release of former leader Aung San Suu Kyi and “all arbitrarily detained prisoners”.

Twelve members voted in favour, with permanent members China and Russia and India abstaining.