Opponents of Myanmar’s military coup say they have lost faith in regional diplomatic efforts to end the crisis in the country as two ASEAN ambassadors met with military leader Min Aung Hleing in the capital, Naypyidada.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has spearheaded major international diplomatic efforts to find a way out of the crisis in Myanmar, a country in turmoil since the military ousted Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.
“We have little faith in ASEAN’s efforts. “All our hopes are dashed,” said Moe Aw Au Oun, deputy foreign minister at the National Unity Shadow Government, who called the army a “traitor” and called its members “terrorists.”
“I do not think they have a strong credibility plan,” he told ASEAN on Friday.
Moe Zaw Oo was speaking at a press conference that was disrupted in Myanmar due to internet outages.
Two sources gave brief information about the cuts, which for security reasons refused to find out, told Reuters that the authorities had ordered a shutdown.
On Friday, military leader Min Aung Hlaing met with ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Ock Hoy and ASEAN President Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister Erivan Youssef, the army-led Myawaddy TV reported.
The meeting said that the meeting discussed cooperation on humanitarian issues, the holding of post-election elections in the country, and the alleged irregularities in last year’s elections, which led to military intervention.
A country in chaos
The Invarians, who ruled Myanmar from 1962 to 2011, promised to restore democracy within two years.
The visit consisted of a five-point consensus reached during a bloc leaders’ meeting in Jakarta in late April, attended by Min Aung Hleing և ASEAN marked as a turning point.
ASEAN has not yet announced the visit, and it was not immediately clear whether the ambassadors planned to meet with opponents of the military or other stakeholders.
# June 5 coupeStrike against the junta coalition in Mandala this morning.
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After the coup, Myanmar got into a mess. Widespread strikes, boycotts and protests are paralyzing the economy; tens of thousands of people have been displaced as a result of heavy fighting between military-ethnic minority rebels and newly formed militias.
According to the group of activists, at least 845 people were killed by security forces and more than 4,500 people were imprisoned. The Invarians disputed those numbers.
Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, has been arrested in two different courts, ranging from violations of coronavirus edema to illegal import of vocal cords to violating the Official Secrets Act, which carries a sentence of up to 14 years in prison.
On Friday, his lawyer expressed concern that he did not have a legal representative in the most serious cases, including Australia’s economic adviser Sean Turnel, but listed them all as their representatives.
“We are afraid that they will not have legal representatives, there will be no transparency,” Khin Maung-aw told Reuters.
The NUG, which was made up of pro-democracy groups such as the ruling Aung San Suu Kyi ruling party, said on Friday it would end the conflict in Myanmar, create a new federal constitution, but first defeat the leaders of the military coup.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the so-called “People’s Defense Forces” had been set up across the country but needed to work with existing militant groups.
“The NUG government will call for war at some point. “When that time comes, we must work together to defeat the junta.”
“At the moment, it is not possible who the leader is, it is possible to defeat the common enemy, the terrorist regime.”
Meanwhile, protests continued across the country on Saturday, including in the city of Mandalay, where hundreds took to the streets to condemn the military and call for the restoration of democracy.
On Saturday, similar protests were reported on social media in the city of Laonglon, Tanintari, while residents of Saitung, Hapakanta, lit candles on Friday night.