Cambodia claims growing support for Myanmar peace talks

Cambodia has claimed increased support for its effort to negotiate an end to the violence in Myanmar as the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

A flurry of statements released since Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s highly controversial weekend talks with Myanmar’s military junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing claimed support from China, Japan, India and the United Kingdom.

Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, who is also ASEAN special envoy to Myanmar, said his Thai counterpart Don Pramatwinai “strongly supported the outcomes” of the meet while adding that Hun Sen’s experience greatly contributed to resolving the Myanmar crisis.

The Thai response was not unexpected given its government was deposed after a coup in 2014 and elections held five years later were derided as “ineptly rigged” by The Economist.

China — Cambodia’s closest ally — said it was hoping a restoration of stability through political dialogue could be achieved at the earliest possible date.

“China will fully support Cambodia, the rotating chair of ASEAN, in playing an active role and making an important contribution to properly managing the differences among parties of Myanmar,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said in a regular press conference.