Asean envoy to Myanmar in talks with junta over terms of visit, seeks access to Suu Kyi

In this file photo taken on March 13, 2021, an image of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is projected on a screen during a night-time demonstration by protesters against the military coup in Yangon. On Saturday (Sept 4, 2021), the Asean envoy to Myanmar is in talks with junta over terms of visit and is seeking access to Suu Kyi. - AFP

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept 4 (Reuters): The Brunei diplomat appointed by a South-East Asian regional bloc as its special envoy to Myanmar said on Saturday he is still negotiating with the military on the terms of a visit to the country and he has sought access to ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) has been trying to end the violence that erupted in Myanmar after the military overthrew Suu Kyi and took power in February, and has sought to open a dialogue between the military rulers and their opponents.

ASEAN tasked Erywan Yusof, Brunei's second foreign affairs minister, last month with leading these efforts.

"There is an urgent need to go now to Myanmar. But I think before all that, I need to have assurances," Erywan told Reuters in an interview.

"I need to be able to have a clear picture of what I'm supposed to do, what they are going to allow me to do when I visit."

Requests seeking access to Suu Kyi have been made to the State Administrative Council, which is chaired by junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, Erywan said.

A military spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

When it took power, the military alleged irregularities in an election swept by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party in November 2020. The then electoral commission and international monitors said the army accusations were wrong.

The military authorities say their seizure of power should not be called a coup because it was in line with the constitution. - Reuters

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