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Cambodia PM's visit to Myanmar sparks protests from coup opponents

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2022-01-08 02:45

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks during a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (unseen) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, January 22, 2019. (Photo by= Ng Han Guan/Pool via Reuters)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will start a visit to Myanmar on Friday (Jan 7) for talks with its military rulers, triggering protests across the conflict-torn nation by coup opponents who fear that his trip will provide more legitimacy to the junta, Reuters reported. His visit will be the first by a head of government to Myanmar since the army overthrew the elected administration of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb 1 last year, sparking months of protests and a bloody crackdown.

Cambodia is the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which has been leading diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Myanmar and which adopted a five-point "consensus" peace plan last April. Some other ASEAN countries including Indonesia have expressed frustration at the junta's failure to implement the peace deal, which has fanned divisions in the 10-member bloc.

In Myanmar, opponents of military rule have said that Hun Sen is backing the junta by making the trip. In Depayin, about 300km north of the capital Naypyidaw, protesters burned a poster of the Cambodian prime minister and chanted "Hun Sen don't come to Myanmar. We don't want dictator Hun Sen", photographs on social media showed. There were also reports of protests in Mandalay and the Tanintharyi and Monywa regions.


 

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