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Not even ‘Superman’ can fix Myanmar crisis, says ASEAN Special Envoy

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Cambodian Foreign Minister and ASEAN Special Envoy Prak Sokhonn speaking at a press conference at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Saturday.

CAMBODIA: A regional envoy tasked with brokering peace in Myanmar admitted Saturday that “even Superman cannot solve” the crisis, capping a week of foreign ministerial meetings that ultimately yielded little progress.

Myanmar has spiralled into civil war since a putsch in February last year, with the death toll from the military’s brutal crackdown on dissent passing 2,100, according to a local monitoring group.

The 10-country Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has spearheaded so far fruitless efforts to resolve the turmoil, and acknowledged in a joint statement on Friday the lack of progress around a five-point crisis resolution plan.

ASEAN Special Envoy Prak Sokhonn, who has made two trips to Myanmar since the coup, dampened expectations for major progress in the short term. “I am just a special envoy, I am not a superman,” he told reporters in Phnom Penh Saturday.

“I think that even Superman cannot solve the Myanmar problem.”

“Issues cannot be solved by one meeting, by two meetings, by many years of meeting,” Sokhonn, who is also Cambodia’s Foreign Minister said.



Monday, August 8, 2022 – 01:00

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