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Myanmar Crisis

ASEAN envoy sees tough road for cease-fire in first Myanmar trip

Cambodia's Prak Sokhonn denies his trip lends legitimacy to military government

Refugees who fled a flare-up in fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic minority rebels prepare to return across the border from Thailand in December 2021.    © Reuters

HANOI -- Myanmar faces a difficult path to implementing a cease-fire between the military and ethnic armed groups, the ASEAN special envoy charged with helping mediate the crisis in the country said Wednesday.

"Neither side seems to have been prepared to accept" the extended cease-fire announced during Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's visit in January, his Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn told reporters after his first trip to Myanmar in the role with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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