The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional cooperation body for Southeast Asian nations, has threatened to ‘isolate’ Myanmar if the internal conflict is not ended soon.

The decision was taken at the ASEAN meeting in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Friday, Reuters reported.

It was said in the meeting that the 5 points mentioned by ASEAN in the proposal related to the establishment of peace in Myanmar a year ago, the ruling military government should also clearly mention how much time it may take to implement them.

Last week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi singled out the ruling junta for the ongoing conflict in Myanmar. He said at the ASEAN meeting on Friday, the decision taken today is a tough message for the junta government of Myanmar. It can also be considered as a threat.

Meanwhile, in a counter statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar said that ASEAN’s proposal to establish peace is ‘not realistic’.

On February 1, 2021, the military seized power in Myanmar by ousting pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi through a coup. Since then, the country has been in turmoil.

12 November/ES