ASEAN envoy says he understands criticism of his visit to Myanmar generals

FILE PHOTO: ASEAN foreign ministers meet in Phnom Penh
FILE PHOTO: Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn speaks during his news conference following the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia February 17, 2022. REUTERS/Cindy Liu/File Photo

March 23, 2022

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – A special envoy for Southeast Asia said on Wednesday he understands criticism of his visit to Myanmar for legitimizing the ruling junta, but sees the trip as a positive step in enforcing a peace process to which it is committed.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) envoy Prak Sokhonn told reporters in Cambodia he had urged the military to show restraint in its operations and also called for the release of prisoners, including Australian economist Sean Turnell.

He said the Myanmar issue is complicated and will take time to resolve, and that cannot be resolved during an ASEAN presidency.

(Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Ed Davies)

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