Burma’s Military Seeks Stability Before Violence Ends – Myanmar’s military junta will consider ASEAN’s crisis management plan once the country is stable. Observers say the junta is backing off.
Burma’s Military Seeks Stability Before Violence Ends
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – Myanmar’s military junta will heed calls from other Asian countries to end violence, but only if the country is “stable again.”
The regime made the announcement on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the east of the country, fresh clashes broke out between the military and the Karen National Union (KNU), one of Myanmar’s main insurgent groups.
On Tuesday morning, members of the KNU attacked a military base in eastern Kayin State.
In response, the military regime promised to retaliate. Just before noon, the military carried out airstrikes against several KNU targets.
The rebel group said it was housing about 2,000 fighters who had fled the Burmese city.
The country has been in turmoil since the military toppled government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her elected government on Feb. 1.
This coupled with widespread protests throughout the country. The military and police suppressed these protests, killing over 750 civilians.
In response to the situation in Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held an emergency meeting last weekend.
The meeting was also attended by the leader of the military junta, Min Aung Hlaing. This was my first overseas trip in about three months since the change of government.
The ASEAN countries agreed on a five-point plan to resolve the crisis in Burma.
One of the main points of this plan is an immediate ceasefire. Another key point in negotiations.
We will also send an ASEAN special envoy to Myanmar. This envoy will establish a framework for dialogue, and the junta must agree to an influx of aid.
The administration announced Tuesday that it will consider “constructive proposals from the leaders of ASEAN countries when the situation in the country is stable.”
The statement said that neighboring countries would “take a positive view” of the implementation of the five-point plan.
However, it is questionable whether the plan will have a significant impact on the situation in Myanmar.
Former U.S. ambassador to Japan, Scot Marciel, warned that the military junta is showing signs of deviating from the agreement.
He tweeted, “Now that the junta has departed from the limited agreement reached on Saturday, ASEAN must not waver.”
Prompt follow-up is needed and the regime must pay the price for its delay. No one in Burma believes in “Tatmadaw” for nothing, wrote Marciel, using the name of the Burmese military.