Myanmar Junta Bans Foreign Envoy From Meeting Aung San Suu Kyi

Published November 3rd, 2021 - 10:57 GMT
visit between a Southeast Asian envoy and deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi denied
Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi testified for the first time in a junta court on October 26, 2021, four months after being put on trial by the military that toppled her government. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

Myanmar's ruling junta has rejected a request for a visit between a Southeast Asian envoy and deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The junta said on Wednesday a visit between a foreign envoy and someone who is charged with crimes was not warranted by any country.

"I believe no country will allow anyone to do beyond the existing law like this," said Vice-Senior General Soe Win, the second in command of the military.

Soe Win denied Myanmar's non-compliance with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and said an April agreement with ASEAN had been contingent on it considering Myanmar's "current internal affairs," and the decision about the envoy's access to the former leader had been "based on internal stability."

The junta's decision came despite mounting international pressure on the ruling military leaders of Myanmar to release Suu Kyi, who remains under house arrest pending trial.

Suu Kyi and her close aides are being charged for a number of crimes, including rigging the elections that kept her at the helm before the military takeover of the country.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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