The military junta, which has ruled Burma since February, confirmed this Wednesday that it will not allow the representative of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to meet with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been in prison since his death Government deposed.
“Nobody is allowed to meet with someone who is convicted. I don’t think any country would allow someone to do something like this against the law,” one of the board’s officials, Soe Win, said in a statement collected from television that said the regime controls.
In this way Win made it clear that he would not allow any rapprochement between the ASEAN envoy Eryvan Yusof and the deposed leaders. In fact, the regional bloc decided to exclude Burma from its final summit for repeatedly refusing to meet with Suu Kyi or former President Win Myint.
Authorities are blaming 76-year-old Suu Kyi on a total of eleven counts, including sedition, corruption allegations and others related to alleged hygiene violations due to the pandemic. The proceedings against the former Führer are running in secret, despite international pressure.
The Association for Aid to Political Prisoners (AAPP) estimates that more than 9,600 people have been arrested since the coup, while the death toll now exceeds 1,200.
Former U.S. Ambassador Bill Richardson met with military junta leader Min Aung Hlaing on Tuesday to discuss the pandemic, school reopening and vaccinations, according to MRTV television.