On October 14, Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs put out a statement regarding the visit of the Special Envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Myanmar.
The Foreign Ministry statement said the military regime hoped the envoy would “be able to avoid putting politically motivated actions and pressures on Myanmar.”
“As Myanmar has been prioritizing peace and tranquility in the country, some requests which go beyond the permission of existing laws will be difficult to be accommodated. In this respect, special envoy and international community need to show some understanding on such situation,” the ministry said.
The ministry was specifically referring to requests to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, the former Myanmar leader who was detained, along with other members of the civilian government, after the military coup in February.
The Myanmar junta has cited a raft of charges against Suu Kyi as the reason the envoy could not meet with her.
But the military maintains it is working to assist ASEAN peace efforts.
“Myanmar is committed to constructively cooperate in the implementation of five-point consensus agreed at the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 24 April 2021,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.
That is false. In fact, Myanmar’s military leaders have done little to implement the five-point consensus. Rather, they have stalled, if not actively backtracked on, key elements of the agreement.