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Newsline: ASEAN Envoy Confirms Mission to Myanmar Later This Month

Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn will pay a four-day visit to Myanmar later this month for talks with top representatives of the country’s military government, his first official trip as special envoy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). A ministry spokesperson announced that the trip would take place on March 20-23. While details of the Sokhonn’s agenda have apparently not been finalized, he is set to inch forward the implementation of ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus peace plan, which it reached at a special summit last April. (https://thediplomat.com/2022/03/asean-envoy-confirms-mission-to-myanmar-later-this-month/) The Consensus aims to a achieve “an immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar” and a peaceful solution involving “all parties,” in addition to the delivery of humanitarian aid. But the ruling military junta has dragged its feet on the implementation of the plan, redoubling its efforts to quash the rising armed resistance to its rule. While the visit could lead to some progress on access for humanitarian aid, progress on the substantive points – namely, a genuine cessation of violence and political negotiations – seems unlikely.

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