An annual summit of regional leaders will be held later in the month to exclude the army general, who took power in Myanmar in Feb.

Asean, the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), agreed to host a Myanmar non-political representative in place of Gen Min Aung Hlaing.

This is an unprecedented action by the 10 member bloc which has a history of not interfering with its members’ affairs.

Asean claimed that the military hadn’t done enough to resolve the crisis in Myanmar.

General Min Aung Hlaing, who was named prime minister in August, said that the country would remain under emergency as the fighting against the military coup by the army and the militia continued.

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Asean stated in a statement, that a meeting of foreign ministers held on Friday failed to produce a consensus about whether Myanmar’s military should be represented at the 26-28 Oct summit.

According to the group, Myanmar’s military leaders have not fulfilled their promises for dialogue and de-escalation. They also claimed that its representative was banned from meeting Aung San Suu Kyi, a deposed civilian leader.

Brunei (hosting the summit) released the following statement: “The situation in Myanmar was having an impact both on regional security and the unity, credibility, and centrality Asean”.

Asean asked Gen Min Aung Hlaing in April to stop the violence and release all political prisoners.

Jonathan Head from BBC Bangkok reports that exclusion of General Khalid is an important blow to military government hopes of international recognition.

Our correspondent says that there are no signs yet of the military being willing to lessen violence towards the opposition or to negotiate with them.

Asean declined to name the Myanmar representative invited by it for the summit.

Following the February coup in Myanmar, protests spread all over Myanmar. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners reports that security forces responded brutally, detaining over 6,000 people, and killing more than 1,000 others.


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