Cambodia invites Myanmar foreign minister

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that he will invite to his country next week Burmese Wunna Maung Lwin, who was appointed foreign minister by the military after taking power in a coup in February.

Cambodia’s state media said Prime Minister Hun Sen mentioned it during a speech he gave Thursday in Sihanoukville, in the south of the country.

Hun Sen said he plans to invite Wunna Maung Lwin next Monday and Tuesday and is ready to visit Myanmar himself.

Hun Sen’s move came just before Cambodia assumed the rotating presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for next year.
Since the February coup, ASEAN member countries have refused to allow Myanmar’s military chief to attend ASEAN summits, protesting the military’s continued violent crackdown on protesters civilians.

The Burmese military responded by sending no MPs to ASEAN summits, leaving gatherings of 10 ASEAN members without any representation from the country.

Hun Sen stressed during his speech on Thursday that the most important point of ASEAN is its principle of unanimity in its decision-making process, obtaining the consensus of all its 10 member countries, not 9 of them.

Hun Sen apparently hopes that increased efforts to engage with the Burmese military will help break the deadlock within ASEAN and restore normalcy.

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