Myanmar Unity Government Tells ASEAN No Talks Until Prisoners Freed

Myanmar unity government tells ASEAN no talks until prisoners freed
General view of the ASEAN leaders' meeting at the the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...

Pro-democracy unity government in Myanmar, formed to oppose the military junta that took power almost three months ago, refused to discuss the crisis on Wednesday until all political prisoners were released.

Myanmar has found a way out of the bloody upheavals following the February 1 coup and has called for an end to violence and talks between all parties. Still, the junta has already refused to accept proposals to resolve the crisis resulting from an ASEAN Summit revealed last weekend where Myanmar’s Major General Min Aung Hlaing was present while no civilian party was invited.

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The pro-democracy government of national unity (NUG), which includes MPs overthrown in the coup, said the Southeast Asian regional bloc should look into it: “However, before any constructive dialogue can take place, there must be an unconditional release of political prisoners, including the president U Win Myint and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, “said NUG Prime Minister Mahn Winn Khaing Thann.

There were no immediate comments from senior ASEAN officials. Win Myint, Suu Kyi, and others have been arrested since the coup launched by the military as Suu Kyi’s government prepared for a second term after the November elections.

Taking power because his complaints of electoral fraud were not handled by an electoral commission, which believed the vote was fair. Protests for democracy have taken place in cities. The army used deadly force against demonstrators, killing more than 750 people, says a group of activists.

Reuters cannot confirm the victims as the junta cracked down on media freedoms and journalists were among the many protesters who marched in support of the NUG in the second city of Mandalay on Wednesday, Myanmar Now news agency reported. There were no reports of violence.

Alerted by the unrest in one of its member states, ASEAN held a meeting in the Indonesian capital on Saturday at which the chief executive put pressure on him to end the crisis. After the meeting, ASEAN leaders said they had “reached a five-point consensus” on measures to end the violence and promote dialogue between rival sides in Myanmar.

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