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US News The Burmese case continues to divide the ASEAN

08:25  18 january  2022
08:25  18 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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The ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN ) on Wednesday (August 4) appointed Erywan Yusof, deputy foreign minister of Brunei, as special envoy to Burma . The appointment comes two days after a virtual meeting between the countries’ foreign ministers, as Burma sinks deeper into chaos every day since the military junta’s coup on 1is February. This appointment is indicative of internal divisions within ASEAN as to the attitude to adopt in the face of the Burmese case ..

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On Tuesday, January 18, the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN should have gone together, to discuss the Burmese political crisis. But Cambodia, who is at the head of the rotating presidency of this South-East Asian organization, canceled the event by evoking the impossible displacement of certain ministers because of COVID. This is at least the official reason.

with our correspondent in Kuala Lumpur, Gabrielle Maréchaux

for the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, some questions are easier to answer than others. We are then a week after the controversial meeting of the Cambodian leader with the Burmese junta, interviewed by many as legitimizing the coup of the Burmese soldiers. And when asked if he thinks that this meeting has accomplished something, his answer Fuse: "It's not.

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The ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ( ASEAN ) on Wednesday (August 4) appointed Erywan Yusof, deputy foreign minister of Brunei, as special envoy to Burma . The appointment comes two days after a virtual meeting between the countries’ foreign ministers, as Burma sinks deeper into chaos every day since the military junta’s coup on 1is February. This appointment is indicative of internal divisions within ASEAN as to the attitude to adopt in the face of the Burmese case ..

ASEAN nations must adapt to new challenges and risks and seize opportunities as they emerge. We see at least three potential threats to continued success. The first risk is geopolitical. Rising competition in East Asia—especially between the world’s greatest power, the United States, and the The starkest demonstration of how rising competition can divide ASEAN took place in Phnom Penh in July 2012 when, for the first time in its history, it failed to issue a joint communiqué after its annual meeting. This failure stemmed from the unwillingness of Cambodia, then the ASEAN chair, to allow

And the position of Malaysia is always the same, "he says," We continue to think that the junte should not be politically represented in ASEAN. Unless real progress on his part are born.

But when asked why the physical meeting of the ASEAN ministers has not changed into online meeting as it is often the case from the pandemic, a certain discomfort is felt: "Listen, I Will not be able to answer you in the place of the Cambodian leader. He told us that the meeting was canceled because many ministers could not move. This is the reason he has invoked on WhatsApp to the ASEAN ministers.

In Singaporean and Indonesian neighbors, the same opinion predominates: we can not invite the Burmese junta. A position that seems increasingly complex to impose while Cambodia will lead ASEAN for the year 2022.

But for some observers, the problem is elsewhere because historically the only isolation has never hindered the vullers of the junta Burmese.

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