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International relations

ASEAN fails to achieve Myanmar breakthrough again

Min Aung Hlaing's regime boycotts foreign ministers' meeting

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Laotian Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith and ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi pose for a group photo at the ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting in Phnom Penh on Feb. 17.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations failed to achieve a breakthrough in issues related to the situation in Myanmar on Thursday after leader Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing's military regime refused to send a nonpolitical representative to discuss them.

"Foreign ministers discussed the recent developments in Myanmar, and continue to express concern over the situation in the country, including reports of fatalities and violence," said Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn at a news conference after the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat. The meeting took place in a hybrid format, with some ministers at the venue in Phnom Penh and others online.

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