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ASEAN hopes to set up Humanitarian Task Force for Myanmar

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Protesters in Yangon, Myanmar, demonstrate against the military coup for a second day in front of the Indonesian Embassy on Feb. 24.(AFP/Ye Aung Thu)
Pana Janviroj
Asia News Network/Bangkok   ●   Fri, April 23, 2021

The proposal to set up an ASEAN Humanitarian Task Force will be tabled before the bloc leaders at a special summit on Saturday, with Myanmar expecting to be its immediate destination if approved, according to diplomatic sources.

All except two ASEAN leaders – from the Philippines and Thailand – will attend the summit in Jakarta, which initiated the gathering in the wake of the crisis in Myanmar. The latter will be represented by coup leader Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hliang who will deliver a five-minute remark in a two-hour, tightly calibrated program.

The special summit is being closely watched around the world, with ASEAN’s reputation on the line in its role to bring an end to violence and instability in Myanmar. The coup, which took place on Feb. 1, has led to street protests nationwide and the military responding with violence. Some 730 people have be...

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