Asean envoy’s meeting in Myanmar with 8 political parties canceled

Planned talks between the special envoy of the regional Southeast Asian bloc and representatives from eight political parties in Naypyidaw were called off at the eleventh hour on Tuesday, a news portal reported.

Brunei deputy foreign minister Erywan Yusof, the special envoy, is to visit the crisis-ridden country to initiate talks with the military rulers more than eight months after the army toppled an elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup.

Yusof, appointed in August after months of delay, was scheduled to meet representatives of eight political parties at the headquarters of the election commission in Naypyidaw, the Eleven Media news portal, citing some of the invited political parties.

However, the portal later said the meeting was canceled at the eleventh hour, without giving the reason for nixing the talks.

“The Union Election Commission just informed us that the plan to meet with the Special Envoy has been canceled,” Nandar Hla Myint, a spokesperson for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) told Eleven Media.

Among the groups to meet with Yusof was the Myanmar Army-backed Union, Solidarity, and Development Party (USDP).

However, it is unknown if Yusof’s visit to the country that was to begin Tuesday was on.

It is also unknown if the envoy can meet with Suu Kyi, who has been under arrest since coup day and faces several cases.

The military rulers had earlier decided not to allow the envoy to meet the jailed civilian leader.