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Myanmar’s military junta has agreed to help the ASEAN peace process.

According to an official announcement, Myanmar’s military junta has committed to supporting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) peace efforts in the country.

This occurred at a meeting between Myanmar Prime Minister Min Aung Hlaing and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who was visiting Myanmar.

The Myanmar military junta leader “welcomed” the participation of the ASEAN chair’s special envoy on Myanmar in the cease-fire talks, according to a joint statement released after their meeting on Friday.

In February of last year, the Myanmar military, known locally as the Tatmadaw, launched a military coup and imprisoned the leadership of the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was sentenced to four years in prison last month.

According to the Myanmar-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, the military’s violent crackdown on large rallies and rebellion against their rule resulted in the deaths of 1,447 individuals and the incarceration of about 8,500 activists.

According to the military chief, his administration “announced a five-month truce… until the end of February 2022 and chose to extend it till the end of the year.”

He stated in the statement that he will enable the visit of the ASEAN special envoy to the country and consultations with all parties involved, including ethnic groupings.

Hun Sen, for one, underscored that complete peace and national reconciliation can only be realized if all parties concerned participate and agree.

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