Myanmar Civil Society Groups Reject Regional Envoy | The powerful 790 KFGO

(Reuters) – Hundreds of Myanmar civil society groups on Friday rejected the appointment of a special envoy by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), saying the regional organization should have consult with opponents of the ruling junta and other parties.

ASEAN foreign ministers on Wednesday appointed Brunei’s second foreign minister Erywan Yusof as special envoy to Myanmar to try to resolve Myanmar crisis by opening dialogue and overseeing aid humanitarian.

“Myanmar CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) express their deep disappointment with ASEAN and their lack of inclusive decision-making and inaction in the face of some of the most heinous crimes committed in the region”, said a statement from 413 groups.

Neither the ASEAN secretariat nor the Brunei Foreign Ministry commented immediately. The military government did not respond to a request for comment.

Myanmar groups said a national unity government put in place by junta opponents should also have been consulted about the appointment. He has yet to comment on the appointment of the envoy himself.

The government headed by army chief and Prime Minister Min Aung Hlaing approved the appointment, state-controlled media reported.

Myanmar has been in political turmoil since the military overthrew the elected civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.

Hundreds of people have been killed as the military quelled opposition protests and in clashes between soldiers and the defense forces of the local population, who are lightly armed and often hastily assembled.

(Reuters staff report; Editing by Matthew Tostevin and Nick Macfie)

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