Myanmar minister attends ASEAN defence meeting despite calls to exclude junta

22/6/2022 8:07:00 PM

Myanmar minister attends ASEAN defence meeting despite calls to exclude junta - Reuters

Myanmar minister attends ASEAN defence meeting despite calls to exclude junta - Reuters

PHNOM PENH/KUALA LUMPUR (June 22): Myanmar's military-appointed defence minister joined a meeting of his Southeast Asian counterparts on Wednesday, despite pressure from some countries in the regional bloc and pro-democracy groups to exclude the junta from such gatherings.General Mya Tun Oo is the most senior Myanmar official to attend a ministerial meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) since the junta was sidelined late last year over its failure to honour a peace plan agreed with ASEAN.Divisions

PHNOM PENH/KUALA LUMPUR (June 22): Myanmar's military-appointed defence minister joined a meeting of his Southeast Asian counterparts on Wednesday, despite pressure from some countries in the regional bloc and pro-democracy groups to exclude the junta from such gatherings.

General Mya Tun Oo is the most senior Myanmar official to attend a ministerial meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) since the junta was sidelined late last year over its failure to honour a peace plan agreed with ASEAN.Divisions persist within the 10-nation bloc over how to deal with the military that seized power in Myanmar last year and has led a bloody crackdown against its opponents.

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A PHNOM PENH/KUALA LUMPUR (June 22): Myanmar's military-appointed defence minister joined a meeting of his Southeast Asian counterparts on Wednesday, despite pressure from some countries in the regional bloc and pro-democracy groups to exclude the junta from such gatherings.The declaration was released after the 16th Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM), which was held in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, under the chair of Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Tea Banh.A KUALA LUMPUR (June 21): The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) will stay committed to build a resilient and sustainable electronics supply chain in Malaysia and among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).for the latest news you need to know.

General Mya Tun Oo is the most senior Myanmar official to attend a ministerial meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) since the junta was sidelined late last year over its failure to honour a peace plan agreed with ASEAN. Divisions persist within the 10-nation bloc over how to deal with the military that seized power in Myanmar last year and has led a bloody crackdown against its opponents. The ministers also reaffirmed the central role of Asean as the primary driving force in enhancing defence and security cooperation and confidence building measures with its external partners with the common objective to maintain peace, security and prosperity in an open, transparent and inclusive regional architecture. Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia have urged current chair Cambodia to exclude the junta until progress is made toward ending hostilities. Arham said digitalisation and expanding consumer demand for electronics will drive continuous change in the years ahead because the opportunities are boundless. The Malaysian defence ministry said that even though Wednesday's meeting involved the military government,"this does not mean Malaysia recognises the (junta) as the legitimate government of Myanmar". The ministers also pledged to uphold the principles of Asean centrality and respect for the Asean principles of non-interference, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and consensus-based decision-making. Cambodian Defence Minister Tea Banh said the Myanmar general's presence indicated a unified bloc. “As mapped out in the National Investment Aspirations (NIA) initiative, there is more space for us to grow.

"This is a participation to find solutions and this accusation, that accusation, we can't respond to all of them," he told a news conference, referring to criticism over including Myanmar in the meeting. Gen Banh said the presence of Asean defence ministers in Cambodia underscored the bloc's commitment to maintaining Asean centrality, unity, and cooperation for peace, security and sustainable development in the region. "In the first quarter of 2022, Malaysia continued to attract a total of RM42. Details of the ministers' discussion were not available but a joint statement shared with media showed all of them pledged support for efforts to"bring about a peaceful transition to normalcy in Myanmar" through a special envoy. Democracy activists in Myanmar and elsewhere raised concerns that efforts to engage with the junta legitimise it. "We must all be ready to accept those obstacles at all times and try to solve them together based on the spirit of peace, non-discrimination, cooperation, trust and respect for each other," he added. "(ASEAN defence ministers') engagement with the junta, which has included military exercises, may likely amount to the aiding and abetting of the junta's war crimes and crimes against humanity," the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights network said last week in an open letter signed by more than 650 civil society organisations. “With an all-time high export value of RM364 billion, Penang topped the nation’s list in 2021. All 10 Southeast Asian defence ministers were also due to meet their Chinese and Japanese counterparts virtually later on Wednesday, Tea Banh said. They also endorsed the Phnom Penh vision on the role of defence institutions in supporting the post-Covid-19 pandemic recovery, it added. “With an all-time high export value of RM364 billion, Penang topped the nation’s list in 2021.

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