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Junta vetoes meeting of Asean envoy with former Myanmar president

Junta vetoes meeting of Asean envoy with former Myanmar president

Naypido, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) Myanmar's ruling military said today that it will not allow the special envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to meet with the nation's former president Aung San Suu Kyi.

Military junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun said Erywan Yusof will be allowed to enter and visit the country and talk to current leaders, but not to the National League for Democracy leader, who has been in prison since Feb. 1.

Zaw criticized the United Nations for approving with some delay the appointment of the military junta’s proposed ambassador to the UN.

International organizations should avoid double standards when involved in international affairs, he said.

Several countries are pressuring the military to accept a five-point peace plan proposed by Asean and accepted in April by Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the self-proclaimed prime minister.

In recent weeks, some Asean member nations have questioned the general’s participation in the organization’s summits, although there has been no official statement on the matter.

For his part, Erywan said a few days ago that he hopes to visit the country even though he will not be able to meet with the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner.


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