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Myanmar, who is absent from the ASEAN summit, intends to go to isolation, and “unanimous” is the principle of “criticism of military junta” in ASEAN (1/4) | JBpress

Unanimously, “unanimous” is the principle of “criticism of military affairs” erupting in ASEAN

General Commander Min Aung Hlaing of the Myanmar Armed Forces. February 2018 Material Photo (Photo: Representative Photograph / Reuters / Afro)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held a summit meeting online on October 26th. However, Myanmar did not send a representative to this conference by the leaders who added the ASEAN secretariat to the 10 member countries and was absent.


It is unusual for a summit to be held in the absence of member states.

The “Chairman’s Statement” released on the evening of the same day included severe criticism of the Myanmar military junta. It can be said that this is a content that goes beyond the principles of ASEAN, “unanimous” and “non-intervention in domestic affairs,” and ASEAN has taken a new step with this summit meeting.

Only the letters “MY ANMAR” on the screen of the online summit

Prior to this summit meeting, at the ASEAN extraordinary foreign ministers’ meeting held on October 15, it was agreed not to invite the commander-in-chief of the military affairs, Min Aung Hlaing, to the summit meeting. I was requesting the dispatch of a “person”. Based on this, it seems that the military administration was initially seeking the attendance of high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but on the 25th, it was said that “I only agree to the attendance of heads of state or ministerial level persons” He called on Brunei, the ASEAN presidency, to attend the ministerial level nominated by the military administration. However, he was unable to make final adjustments with the ASEAN side, which demanded the attendance of “non-political persons,” resulting in an unusual absence.


In the video showing the state of the online summit meeting, speakers such as King Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, the presidency, are displayed in the center of the screen, and the images of the leaders of the member countries are placed around it against the background of the flags of each country. However, the video of Myanmar, which was absent, only displayed the country name.

A monitor screen that shows the state of the online summit meeting. The speaker is shown in the center, and the images of the leaders of each country are lined up around it, but only the country name is displayed in the Myanmar part (Photo: Reuters / Afro).

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