Myanmar a no-show at Southeast Asian summit after junta exclusion

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) – A summit of Southeast Asian leaders got underway on Tuesday without a Myanmar representative, after its junta leader was excluded for failure to follow a regional peace deal and the ruling military refused to send junior representation. Neither Brunei, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) chair, nor the bloc’s secretary-general made a mention of the no-show in opening remarks at the virtual meeting. ASEAN on Oct. 15 decided to exclude junta chief Min Aung Hlaing, who ousted a civilian government on Feb. 1, over his failure to implement a peace proc…

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