0140 GMT August 18, 2022
The 10-member group, which includes Myanmar, has been pushing for the country to implement the so-called Five-Point Consensus that was agreed upon last April and has criticised last week’s execution of four democracy activists, Al Jazeera reported.
ASEAN’s foreign ministers began their meeting in Phnom Penh having barred the military’s representative from the event.
“If more prisoners are executed, we will be forced to rethink … our role vis-a-vis ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus,” said Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is the current chair of ASEAN, speaking at the start of the meeting.
More than 70 political prisoners in Myanmar have been sentenced to death, with at least two dozen more sentenced in absentia.
Myanmar executed four prisoners last month in a move roundly condemned by ASEAN members.
Hun Sen said the bloc was "disappointed and disturbed by the execution of these opposition activists despite the appeals from me and others for the death sentences to be reconsidered for the sake of political dialogue, peace and reconciliation".
Hun Sen said ASEAN’s unity had been challenged by the political and security implications of the crisis in Myanmar, which has created an economic and humanitarian crisis.
Some 2,145 people have been killed since the military seized power in February 2021, detaining elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government.
Hun Sen said while the Five-Point Consensus had “not advanced to everyone’s wishes”, there had been some progress, including in providing humanitarian aid.
But he went on to say the current situation had “changed dramatically” and could be seen as worse than before the peace agreement because of the execution of the activists by the military government.