ASEAN Deadlocked on Selection of Special Envoy to Myanmar

By Kyodo News 6 July 2021

SINGAPORE—Five months since Myanmar’s military toppled the democratically elected government, ASEAN has not been able to appoint a special envoy to help defuse the member country’s political crisis, and a major obstacle seems to be disunity within the group.

Disagreement among ASEAN countries over the envoy’s selection appears to be helping Myanmar’s military, which wants to buy time to solidify its rule, but that has also led to frustrations for some within ASEAN who want to engage in the issue more actively.

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