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ASEAN summit begins without Myanmar after top general barred (Al Jazeera)

Southeast Asian leaders have begun their annual summit without a representative from Myanmar, after its top general was barred for failing to follow a regional peace deal.

Neither Brunei, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chair, nor the bloc’s secretary-general made a mention of the no-show in opening remarks at Tuesday’s virtual meeting.

ASEAN summit begins without Myanmar after top general barred | Military News | Al Jazeera

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ASEAN finds its voice as a military offensive looms in Myanmar (Adam Simpson, The Strategist)

In a move that could usher in a new era of interventionist diplomacy—or, alternatively, represent a grudging aberration driven by realpolitik—ASEAN provided the first significant regional rebuke to Myanmar’s generals since their February coup by politely disinviting them to the upcoming ASEAN Summit.

Historically, ASEAN has been largely toothless in its reaction to human rights abuses in the region, despite shifts in its rhetoric and discourse over the past decade. With the organisation’s mostly timid and laggardly response to the latest Myanmar coup, history seemed to be repeating itself.

ASEAN finds its voice as a military offensive looms in Myanmar | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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ASEAN muddles through on Myanmar (Ben Bland, The Interpreter)

Diplomacy is messy. Officials, politicians and (dare I say) think-tank analysts relish the highfalutin talk of rules, treaties, norms, values and principles. But, more often than not, it all comes down to realpolitik and the art of possible.

A case in point is the unprecedented decision by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to uninvite Min Aung Hlaing, the general who leads Myanmar’s junta, from its upcoming annual summits.

ASEAN muddles through on Myanmar | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Min Aung Hlaing blames opposition for violence after ASEAN snub (Al Jazeera)

Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing, snubbed by ASEAN leaders over this month’s regional summit, has said that while the military wanted to restore order and bring peace to a country plunged into turmoil by its February 1 coup, it was its opponents that were causing violence.

Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing made the comments in an address on state television on Monday, after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced over the weekend that it would invite a “non-political” representative from Myanmar in an unprecedented snub that drew anger in the capital, Naypyidaw.

Min Aung Hlaing blames opposition for violence after ASEAN snub | ASEAN News | Al Jazeera

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UN chief delayed ASEAN meeting to avoid Myanmar army envoy (Al Jazeera)

UN chief Antonio Guterres asked to postpone a virtual meeting with Southeast Asian ministers at the last minute to avoid signalling any recognition of Myanmar’s military government by being in the same online room as the military’s envoy, United Nations diplomats have said.

The meeting between the UN secretary-general and foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – including Wunna Maung Lwin, the foreign minister appointed by the military – had been due to take place last Friday.

UN chief delayed ASEAN meeting to avoid Myanmar army envoy | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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ASEAN members bicker over AUKUS (Zhao Yusha and Yan Yuzhu, Global Times)

The new tripartite defense alliance AUKUS, formed with the intention of intimidating China, will strain ASEAN’s unity and integration as regional countries are divided over the pact, experts said Wednesday, noting that if it sparks an arms race, it threatens to destabilize the region.

ASEAN members bicker over AUKUS – Global Times

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Myanmar won’t allow ASEAN envoy to meet Aung San Suu Kyi (Al Jazeera)

Myanmar’s ruling military will not block a visit by ASEAN’s special envoy but will not allow him to meet detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi because she is charged with crimes, according to the military spokesman.

Zaw Min Tun added in remarks on Wednesday that the delay by the United Nations in approving the generals’ nomination for UN ambassador was politically motivated and that the international community “should avoid double standards when they are engaging in international affairs”.

Myanmar won’t allow ASEAN envoy to meet Aung San Suu Kyi | Military News | Al Jazeera

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Cooperation between ASEAN, SCO, EAEU to help harmonize integration — Russian top diplomat (TASS)

Enhanced cooperation between organizations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will contribute to further harmonization of the interregional integration processes, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on Tuesday at a meeting of top diplomats from the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia’s (CICA) member states.

“Working together, we will be able to ensure broader interaction between all Eurasian countries. The relevant steps have been already taken <…> in particular, ties between the SCO, ASEAN, and the EAEU are being established,” the top diplomat noted.

“All these organizations have a considerable legal framework, as well as a network of working mechanisms, implementing specific programs and projects, which are relevant for all the participants, guided by the principles of consensus. We view the enhanced cooperation between these organizations as promising groundwork for the further harmonization of the integration processes,” Lavrov went on to say.

According to Russia’s top diplomat, given the increasing instability worldwide, it is essential to prevent the situation in the region from further deteriorating. “<…> We are interested in the regional network being open and sustainable, based on the interaction between the states and multilateral structures, providing everyone with equal rights and opportunities according to international law, mutual trust and respect for national identity,” the diplomat emphasized.

CICA potential

The Russian foreign minister noted that the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia could greatly contribute to boosting cooperation.

Lavrov recalled that October 5 marked the 29th anniversary of the establishment of the CICA. “The organization’s celebration and the summit meeting are ahead, so we need to prepare well for it. The forum has good potential. It is necessary to further cultivate it in order to facilitate an atmosphere of trust and enhance productive cooperation in the Eurasian space,” the top diplomat concluded.

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ASEAN ‘disappointed’ with Myanmar military’s peace commitment (Al Jazeera)

Myanmar’s military has made no significant progress in implementing a Southeast Asian roadmap for peace following their coup or given any feedback on the work of a regional envoy in the country, Indonesia’s foreign minister has said.

At a meeting on Monday, most foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) expressed disappointment at Myanmar and would relay that message to their country’s leaders, Retno Marsudi told a news conference.

ASEAN ‘disappointed’ with Myanmar military’s peace commitment | News | Al Jazeera

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