UN envoy visits Myanmar for first time since coup, meets with military commander

UN envoy visits Myanmar for first time since coup, meets with military commander

The United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar Haser met with Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Min Aung Hlaing in Nay Pyi Taw on the 17th. He is believed to have called for an immediate end to the violence. The military side hopes to appeal the legitimacy of its rule through talks with Mr. Hayser. There are voices of doubt from the democrats who are resisting the military.

This is the first time a UN special envoy has entered Myanmar since the military seized real power in a coup d'état last February. Local media reported photos of the meeting on the night of the 17th.

 Military spokesman Zaw Myint Tung emphasized at a press conference on the 17th that Min Aung Hlaing would meet with Mr. Hazer "as a representative of the Myanmar government." According to the Associated Press, the deputy foreign minister of the pro-democracy National Unity Government (NUG) said, "Now is not the right time. It is time to be very careful not to recognize the military (as a government)." rice field.

 A meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, who is incarcerated, is also believed to be one of Hazer's goals. But the military has consistently refused to allow foreign visitors access to Suu Kyi because she is on trial.

 Hayser is from Singapore. He was appointed as a UN Special Envoy in October 2021. No UN envoy, including Hazer's predecessor, has been able to visit Myanmar since the military took full power in February 2021.

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 Regarding the Myanmar issue, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon of Cambodia, the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), visited Myanmar as a special envoy in March and June of this year, but did not achieve any notable results. At the conclusion of the foreign ministers' meeting on June 6, Prak Sokhon said he would not allow the military to attend ASEAN until Myanmar's democratization progressed.