Philippine FM: Aung San Suu Kyi indispensable

The Philippine foreign minister has urged Myanmar’s military to include ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a dialogue with all stakeholders.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin denounced the judgments which sentenced Aung San Suu Kyi to a total of six years in prison.

Locsin said, “Suu Kyi is indispensable in a democratic restoration that will pose no threat of anarchy, dissolution and civil strife.”

The statement was released after Cambodia announced that a meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations had been postponed.

The meeting was to take place over two days starting Tuesday in Siem Reap, northern Cambodia.

ASEAN members are divided on how to respond to the situation in Myanmar.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen visited the country this month and met with military leader Min Aung Hlaing.

The visit drew criticism as an effort to justify the coup that toppled a civilian government last year.

But Locsin said he welcomed Hun Sen’s visit “and the progress he has made”.

The foreign minister stressed that he would urge the Myanmar military to implement the ASEAN five-point consensus aimed at a peaceful solution to the situation in Myanmar.