Myanmar Junta Boycotts Summit In Protest At Snub
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Tue 26th October 2021 | 01:51 PM
Myanmar's junta boycotted a Southeast Asian summit Tuesday after its chief was banned from the event, deepening the regime's isolation nine months after it took power in a bloody coup
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Oct, 2021 ) :Myanmar's junta boycotted a Southeast Asian summit Tuesday after its chief was banned from the event, deepening the regime's isolation nine months after it took power in a bloody coup.
Myanmar topped the agenda of Tuesday's talks between regional leaders, with the country still in chaos following February's military takeover and the subsequent deadly crackdown on dissent.
Facing calls to defuse the crisis, ASEAN -- which includes Myanmar -- has drawn up a roadmap aimed at restoring peace but there have been doubts over the junta's commitment to the plan.
The junta slammed the decision as a breach of the bloc's policy of non-interference in member states' affairs.
The 10-member group invited a senior official from the junta-appointed foreign ministry in his place.
But the regime said on the eve of the meeting that sending a more junior figure would "affect our country's sovereignty and image".
At the opening of the summit, a big screen showed the leaders participating -- but there just a blue display with the word "Myanmar" on it where the country's representative was supposed to be.
While some have hailed the decision to bar the junta chief as significant, observers think it unlikely the bloc will go further, such as by suspending Myanmar.
And they see little chance of decisions at this week's meetings that could prompt a change of course from the junta.
The "five-point consensus" is the plan drawn up by ASEAN to defuse the crisis.