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UN envoy tells Myanmar general: End violence, seek democracy

Aug. 17, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, met Wednesday with the head of its military-installed government and called on him to urgently halt all violence, support a political path back to civilian rule and democracy, and allow the country’s imprisoned former leader...

UN special envoy to Myanmar arrives on inaugural visit

Aug. 16, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — United Nations special envoy Noeleen Heyzer arrived in Myanmar on Tuesday on her first mission to the country since her appointment last year. Her visit follows a call by the U.N. Security Council for an immediate end to all forms of violence there and unimpeded humanitarian access...

Myanmar executions revive pressure for more sanctions

Aug. 15, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Recent executions of four democracy activists in Myanmar have reenergized efforts to get the United States and other countries to impose further sanctions against military leaders who ousted an elected government early last year. Human rights advocates and comments...

Blinken: China should not hold global concerns 'hostage'

Aug. 06, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold hostage talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis, after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan...

ASEAN special envoy to Myanmar warns on further executions

Aug. 06, 2022 01:15 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Efforts by Myanmar’s neighbors to help restore peace and normalcy to the strife-torn Southeast Asian nation were hindered by the country’s recent executions of four political activists, Cambodia’s foreign minister said Saturday. Prak Sokhonn,...

SE Asian nations criticize Myanmar, but weaker than expected

Aug. 05, 2022 12:07 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers issued a joint statement Friday after a series of meetings in the Cambodian capital criticizing Myanmar for its lack of progress in ending violence there, but with weaker language than several countries had hoped for. ...

Blinken: China military drills are 'significant escalation'

Aug. 05, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that China's military exercises aimed at Taiwan, including missiles fired into Japan's exclusive economic zone, represent a “significant escalation” and that he has urged Beijing to back down. China...

China stresses ties with Southeast Asia in Cambodia meeting

Aug. 04, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed his country's efforts to strengthen ties with Southeast Asian countries at a meeting Thursday with their foreign ministers, which came as Beijing seeks to expand its influence in the region. Wang's talks with top...

SE Asia urges US, China to avoid provocation over Taiwan

Aug. 03, 2022 23:03 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is calling for calm in the Taiwan Strait, urging against any “provocative action” in the wake of a visit to Taipei by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that has infuriated Beijing. In a rare statement on such...

Stopping Myanmar violence tops meeting of Asian diplomats

Aug. 03, 2022 08:25 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Top Southeast Asian diplomats meeting in Cambodia's capital intensified efforts Wednesday to stop the escalating violence in Myanmar and to address other pressing — and often divisive — regional issues. It is the first in-person meeting of the...