• By The Financial District

ASEAN Excludes Myanmar Junta Leader From Summit

ASEAN foreign ministers agreed on Friday to exclude the military leadership of Myanmar from the regional group's summit meeting later this month in favor of a non-political representative, an ASEAN source told Kyodo News.

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The decision to exclude Myanmar's military leader marks a historic shift for ASEAN from its principle of non-interference in the domestic affairs of member countries. At an emergency online meeting, the ministers arranged not to invite Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, who led a coup in February that ousted Myanmar's elected government under civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the source added.

Brunei, this year's chair of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is expected to issue a statement Saturday at the emergency meeting, according to ASEAN sources. ASEAN has been facing pressure from the United States to take a tougher stance on the issue.

Some member countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, proposed that Myanmar's military leader not be allowed to participate in the summit over a lack of cooperation from the military government, including its failure to accept a special ASEAN envoy.

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The ministers held the emergency meeting to discuss whether the Myanmar military leader should be allowed to attend the summit, scheduled for Oct. 26 to 28, after the government failed to cooperate with Brunei's Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof, appointed special envoy for Myanmar in August, on a proposed visit to the country on ASEAN's terms requesting full access to the parties in conflict.

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