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ASEAN excludes Myanmar's junta chief from summit

International Desk
It has been decided to invite non-political representatives from Myanmar to the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to be held this month. Brunei, the current president of the alliance, officially announced his decision to keep Myanmar's junta out of the conference on Saturday.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of member states' foreign ministers on Friday night.

Although the alliance does not normally interfere in the internal affairs of the state in accordance with ASEAN policy, the new move indicates a major change in the alliance.

Myanmar's military junta seized power in February. Myanmar reached an agreement with ASEAN on peacekeeping in April after the coup by Prime Minister Min Aung Hlaing. However, the meeting was held on Friday as it was not implemented.

Myanmar has failed to stop the violence as well as protect human rights and negotiate with the opposition. As a result, taking a tough stance against Myanmar puts international pressure on ASEAN.

According to the United Nations, more than a thousand civilians have been killed by Myanmar's security forces in protests and uprisings since the coup. In addition, several thousand more people were arrested. Myanmar has faced strong international criticism for failing to protect democracy.

In an official statement, the current ASEAN president Brunei has decided to invite a non-political representative from Myanmar to the conference to be held on October 26-28.

The statement said the decision was made because no political representative in Myanmar could agree on the issue.

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