Asean chair Brunei confirms Myanmar junta leader not invited to summit

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) – Brunei said on Saturday (Oct 16) a non-political representative from Myanmar will be invited to an upcoming summit of leaders from South-east Asian countries this month, effectively sidelining the leader of a military junta that seized power earlier this year.

Brunei, the current chair of the 10-member Association of South-east Asian nations (Asean), said the decision was made after no consensus was reached at during a meeting of the bloc on Friday for a Myanmar political representative to attend the summit later in October.

Sources told Reuters after the meeting that the bloc had decided to sideline Myanmar’s junta chief from the summit, following the failure of the country’s ruling military to adhere to a peace roadmap it had agreed to with Asean.