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Editorial: Disturbing Myanmar

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, January 18 2011   /  09:32 am

Few were expecting any surprises from the ASEAN Ministerial Retreat in Lombok over the weekend. So when news emerged that the 10-member group was urging an easing of sanctions against Myanmar, we found it rather shocking, if not altogether disturbing.The introduction of a regime sanctioned constitution, general elections and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi are grounds for Indonesia and fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to be cautiously optimistic, but nothing more than that. They are certainly not worth betting Indonesia’s international credibility on. The argument put forward using the election and Suu Kyi’s release as rationale was flawed and premature.The elections were held under extremely restrictive conditions, to the point that even Indonesian foreign policy analysts here criticized the limitations being placed on international poll watchers....