Call by US State Department follows last month’s meeting in Washington between the NUG’s foreign minister and officials from President Biden’s administration.
Despite calls from the civilian NUG and some member states for a new strategy, ASEAN, US continue to back the peace plan, which has been ignored by the junta for a year.
One year after the bloc’s failed Five-Point Consensus was agreed, western countries were also criticized for a lack of action and standing behind ASEAN’s hollow words.
The regional bloc’s failed five-point consensus should be replaced by proper demands for peace, argues Bo Kyi of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
The regime’s failure to honor the ASEAN peace plan agreed last year means that the junta will continue not to be invited to meetings of the regional bloc.
Current ASEAN chair Hun Sen’s meeting with Malaysian PM Ismail in Phnom Penh follows Kuala Lumpur’s criticism of the Cambodian leader’s visit to Naypyitaw last month.
The much-awaited foreign ministerial retreat last Thursday showed once again that ASEAN remains a closely knit, pragmatic family.
Lee Hsien Loong said in a video call with ASEAN chair Hun Sen of Cambodia that the group should continue to shun Min Aung Hlaing until he implements its consensus.