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Myanmar’s Military Junta Expels Timor Leste Diplomat After President’s Anti-Junta Meeting | CNN Indonesia

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Monday, 28 Aug 2023 08:20 WIB

Myanmar’s military junta expelled Timor Leste’s top diplomat after President Jose Ramos Horta met the anti-junta counter-government in Dili last July. (REUTERS/STRINGERS)

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Myanmar’s military junta expelled the main diplomat Timor read after President Jose Ramos Horta met with the anti-junta counter-government, the Government of National Unity (NUG), in Dili last July.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the junta condemned Timor Leste’s “irresponsible act”.

The junta also asked Timor Leste’s state attorney general in Yangon to “leave” Myanmar “no later than September 1, 2023.”

“(Timor Leste) encourages terrorist groups to further commit their violations in Myanmar,” according to the junta’s version of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday (28/8), quoted AFP.

Timor Leste meanwhile, condemned the expulsion order. They also stressed how important it is to support all efforts to restore democratic order in Myanmar.

“[Kami mendesak junta] respect human rights and seek peaceful and constructive solutions to this crisis,” said Timor-Leste.

NUG representative living in the Czech Republic, Linn Thant, also condemned the junta’s decision. He also said there was no justification for the expulsion of the Timor Leste diplomat.

Timor Leste will become the eleventh member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

But earlier this August, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao said Timor Leste could reconsider its bid to join ASEAN if they failed to persuade the Myanmar junta to end the conflict.

The bloc is also said to have made little headway since Myanmar’s military staged a coup in 2021. The junta is also seen as abandoning most of the five-point deal aimed at ending violence.

The five-point agreement is a consensus from the results of a special meeting held by ASEAN in Jakarta in April 2021, two months after the coup. At that time, almost all heads of state were present, including the chairman of the Myanmar junta Min Aung Hlaing.


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