ASEAN special envoy makes 2nd visit to Myanmar



The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been attempting to mediate dialogue between the military and pro-democracy groups.

The regional bloc's special envoy is making his second visit to Myanmar from Wednesday. Attention is focused on whether he will be able to meet pro-democracy groups that he failed to see last time.

Cambodia's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn is the ASEAN special envoy on Myanmar. He will stay there until Sunday.

The crackdown on citizens protesting against the coup has continued since the military took power last year.

Prak Sokhonn said before his visit that he has conveyed to the junta ASEAN's "deep concern" about the transfer last week of ousted de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to a prison. He called for her to be returned to her home where she was originally detained.

The ASEAN envoy's first visit to Myanmar took place in March. He met with coup leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, but left the country without seeing anyone from the pro-democracy side.