Thailand fully supports Asean special envoy's role in Myanmar

Asean special envoy to Myanmar - Erywan Mohd Yusof. - Reuters

BANGKOK, Oct 18 (Bernama): Thailand fully supports the role of Asean special envoy to Myanmar, Erywan Mohd Yusof, in facilitating a peaceful resolution to the crisis faced by the country since the Feb 1 military coup.

Director-General of the Information Department and Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Tanee Sangrat said in a statement Erywan could help facilitate a sustainable peaceful settlement in Myanmar that is Myanmar-led, Myanmar-owned.

During last Friday's AseanForeign Minister's emergency meeting, Tanee said each minister had a chance to express his/her views on the issue of Myanmar in a ‘frank and direct manner’.

Following the emergency meeting, Asean member states decided to exclude Myanmar’s chief Min Aung Hlaing from an upcoming Asean summit following the junta's lack of commitment to Asean's five-point consensus roadmap.

The meeting also shot down the request by Myanmar's shadow government, the National Unity Government (NUJ), to joint the summits from 26-28 Oct and instead decided to invite a non-political representative to represent Myanmar.

Since the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown by Myanmar’s ruling military led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on Feb 1, there had been internal unrest with nearly 1,000 civilians killed by security forces. - Bernama

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