Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullha said some ASEAN members believe Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen should not have visited Myanmar last week as it could be seen as legitimizing the military junta from the country.
The foreign minister said on Thursday that Hun Sen should have consulted other ASEAN leaders on such an important issue because Cambodia currently chairs ASEAN. He also opined that Hun Sen’s visit came to nothing.
Hun Sen was in Myanmar last week to meet the country’s military leader, Min Aung Hlaing.
It was the first such visit by a head of government to the country since last year’s coup.
ASEAN has excluded the junta leader from its annual summit, citing its failure to implement its five-point consensus to end the violence and start an inclusive dialogue.
Cambodia announced on Wednesday that the meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers scheduled for next week has been postponed. Observers say differences between members over Myanmar could be to blame for the delay. Hun Sen had expressed his intention to hold meetings with all member nations present.
Malaysia’s Saifuddin underscored his country’s position that any Myanmar representation should be apolitical unless there is clear progress on the ASEAN consensus.