ASEAN envoy to visit Myanmar from March 20

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Cambodia has announced that a special envoy from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will visit Myanmar later this month.

The Cambodian government announced on Wednesday that its Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn will visit Myanmar from March 20-23.

He will be the first ASEAN envoy to visit Myanmar with the aim of mediating dialogue between all parties in the country. But the announcement did not specify which parties he would speak to.

Cambodia is the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN this year.

Last year, ASEAN leaders reached a five-point consensus on the situation in Myanmar. It calls for the immediate cessation of violence and the appointment of a special envoy to facilitate the mediation of the dialogue process.

A number of ASEAN member states are urging Myanmar’s military to allow the envoy to meet with pro-democracy representatives, including ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains in detention.

The military rejected the demands, calling Myanmar’s pro-democracy national unity government and other groups “terrorists”.

The envoy plans to seek ways to achieve dialogue with pro-democracy bodies, but attached importance to engaging in talks with the Myanmar military.

The focus is on how he will be accepted by the military.

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