Myanmar military refuses visit by ASEAN envoy

Myanmar's military says it has refused a visit to the country by a special envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Myanmar's state-run TV released a statement by the military on Thursday.

It revealed that the military had denied a request from the ASEAN envoy to visit the country between Monday and Thursday this week.

ASEAN appointed Brunei's second foreign minister Erywan Yusof as special envoy in August to mediate talks between Myanmar's military and the pro-democracy camp.

The statement said the envoy asked to meet all people he wanted to, but that undertaking such a mission is currently difficult because Myanmar is focusing on domestic stability and the rule of law.

The military is believed to have spurned the envoy's visit because he insisted on meeting people such as State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. The two have been under detention since the February 1 coup, and are on trial.

The statement also said Myanmar will quickly welcome a visit if the envoy does not seek meetings with those individuals. It said Myanmar and the envoy need to first build up mutual trust.

The refusal is expected to prompt negative repercussions from ASEAN. The bloc will likely convene an emergency meeting of foreign ministers on Friday.