Prak Sokhonn has proved to be a good listener to the regime while remaining deaf to popular sentiment and utterly failing to grasp the reality on the ground in Myanmar.
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.
The major ethnic armed organizations currently fighting the regime are not expected to attend Thursday’s talks; nor is the shadow government, or its allied PDF groups.
Ambassadors from one nation after another took to the podium to urge peace at a rare emergency session of the General Assembly to debate Russia’s attack on its neighbor.
Also this week, Cambodia’s PM jumped the gun, diplomats snubbed the junta foreign minister, a loyal officer was promoted and a flag relay was held amid a COVID surge.
This week the junta claimed devastated Kayah was at peace, and that the NLD, whose leaders are in jail, can operate as usual; it also unveiled plans for a big parade.
The resistance has popular and international support, and the military is crumbling from within, US scholar Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd tells The Irrawaddy in an interview.
On the country’s Independence Day, NUG Acting President Duwa Lashi La said that despite the end of colonial rule, the people continue to suffer under the military regime.