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Myanmar hosts 1st regional meeting since army takeover

By AP and published by VOA News MYANMAR’S military government today (July 4) hosted the first high-level regional meeting since the army took power last year with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and counterparts from Mekong Delta nations. State broadcaster MRTV reported that Wang met with his colleagues from Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

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UN envoy urges ‘inclusive’ Asean approach to Myanmar crisis

  By Reuters staff, published by Channel NewsAsia A UNITED NATIONS special envoy has urged Southeast Asian countries to support international efforts to engage all sides in the crisis in army-ruled Myanmar, days after a top regional leader travelled there to meet its junta chief. Noeleen Heyzer, the secretary-general’s special envoy on Myanmar, held virtual

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Cambodia shelves first Asean meeting over attendance ‘difficulties’

  By Reuters and published by The Straits Times Phnom Penh – Cambodia said today (Jan. 12) it had postponed a meeting of foreign ministers of Asean scheduled for next week, because some ministers had expressed “difficulties” in attending. The meeting was the first under Cambodia’s chairmanship of the 10-member bloc, which comes amid divisions

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Asean-China summit held without Myanmar, Malaysia says

  By Reuters and Channel NewsAsia Kuala Lumpur – A summit between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) today (Nov. 22) was held without a representative from Myanmar, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said. The reason for the non-attendance was not immediately clear, and a spokesperson for Myanmar’s military government did not

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New Asean chair Cambodia to keep pressure on Myanmar junta

By Reuters Staff and published Channel NewsAsia Phnom Penh – Cambodia, the incoming chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), will push Myanmar’s military rulers to open dialogue with its opponents, its foreign minister said today (Oct. 28). Warning Myanmar was on the “brink of civil war”, Prak Sokhonn said Cambodia would appoint

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Myanmar a no-show at summit after Asean sidelines junta boss

  By Reuters and published by Channel NewsAsia Bandar Seri Begawan –  An Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit started today (Oct. 26) without military-ruled Myanmar, after its junta refused to send a representative following its leader’s exclusion for ignoring a peace road map agreed upon six months ago. Asean had said that it

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Tradition vs credibility: Inside the Asean meet that snubbed Myanmar

  By Reuters Staff, published by The Straits Times Yangon – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore pushed for a harder stance against Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing at a “tense” meeting that decided to exclude him from a regional summit this month, four sources with knowledge of the talks said. South-east Asian ministers

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Myanmar junta ‘extremely disappointed’ over Asean summit snub: Official

  By AFP, published by Channel NewsAsia Yangon – Myanmar’s junta said today (Oct. 16) it was “extremely disappointed” with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) decision to exclude its leader Min Aung Hlaing from an upcoming summit, amid concerns by the regional bloc over his military government’s commitment to solving a deadly political

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Asean ministers pick Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

By Agencies and published by Channel NewsAsia Kuala Lumpur – Southeast Asian foreign ministers today (August 4) picked Brunei Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as their special envoy to Myanmar, in a breakthrough after months of delay for regional mediation to help end the country’s deepening crisis. Erywan has been tasked with ending violence in

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Protesters return to downtown Yangon as junta chief heads for Asean summit

By Myanmar Now and Reuters Staff, published by US News & World Report ANTI-COUP protesters returned to the streets of downtown Yangon today (April 23) after a weeks-long absence following military-led massacres that have killed hundreds nationwide. The rally, led by activists from the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) and youths from several

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