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Myanmar: Will Indonesia’s pleas to China, Japan and the US be heard?

  • Evan A. Laksmana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 1, 2021   /  03:42 am
Myanmar: Will Indonesia’s pleas to China, Japan and the US be heard? This handout from Free Burma Rangers released to AFP on March 28 shows residents from the Day Pu No village hiding in the jungle, north of Hpa-pun in eastern Myanmar's Karen state after the area was hit by air strikes late on March 27, as the country remains in turmoil after the February military coup. (AFP/Handout)

Since early February, Indonesia has been calling for an ASEAN-led response to the post-coup crisis in Myanmar, with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on March 19 requesting a high-level meeting of ASEAN to address the situation even as he urged an end to the violence and a return to dialogue. While many support such an ASEAN-centric solution, time is running out. The death toll in Myanmar has already surpassed 400 as both the military and civilian protesters harden their positions. Multiple new players – from leaders of the civil disobedience movement to the various ethnic armed groups – have also emerged over the past month, confusing the previous rigid dichotomy of the early post-coup days which set the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s military is known, against the National League for Democracy of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Indonesia, meanwhile,...

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