Yangoon: Myanmar’s military-appointed foreign minister travelled to Thailand on Wednesday, a Thai government source said, as Myanmar’s neighbours intensified efforts to resolve a crisis that began when its army seized power in a Feb. 1 coup.
The minister, Wunna Maung Lwin, arrived for talks on diplomatic efforts by the Association of South East Asian Nations, the Thai source said, as opponents of the coup took to the streets again in Myanmar.
Indonesia has taken the lead in efforts steer a path out of the crisis with the help of other Southeast Asian countries but its plans appeared to falter earlier on Wednesday with the scrapping of a proposed trip to Myanmar by its foreign minister.
This week saw huge rallies and a general strike on Monday to denounce the coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, despite a warning from authorities that confrontation could get people killed.
“We ethnic minority people haven’t had the chance to demand our rights but now we do,” said San Aung Li, 26, a member of the Kachin minority at a proptest organised by members of minoirtes.
“So I’m supporting the protest as all ethnic people are, with one voice.”
With the protest and a civil disobedience movement paralysing life in Myanmar, Indonesia has been trying to find a way out.
Sources said it proposed a plan centred on ASEAN members sending monitors to ensure the generals stick to their promise to hold fair elections.
The military has not given a time frame for a new election but it imposed a one-year state of emergency when it seized power so it would likely be after that.
But Suu Kyi’s party, which swept a Nov. 8 election that the military says was marred by fraud, and its supporters want its victory recognised.
Indonesia’s foreign minister, Retno Marsudi, who is in Thailand, had been expected to fly to Myanmar but that trip was off, her ministry said. Reuters