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Indonesia pressures Myanmar junta at ASEAN meeting

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Wed, March 3 2021   /  01:00 am
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi met with U Wunna Maung Lwin (right), the Myanmar military regime’s appointed foreign minister, in a three-way meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai (center) at Don Muang Airport in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday.(Courtesy of/Foreign Ministry)

Indonesia stepped up pressure on Myanmar’s coup leaders on Tuesday to respect ASEAN principles and the will of the people of Myanmar, as the bloc appealed for open dialogue among all parties concerned during an eagerly anticipated regional meeting. Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, overthrew the country’s democratically elected civilian government last month, detaining leader Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) over unfounded claims of election fraud. Suu Kyi has since been charged with several criminal offenses that many observers consider politically motivated. At the informal ASEAN ministerial meeting, which saw member states’ foreign ministers and the bloc’s secretary-general address Myanmar junta representative Wunna Maung Lwin, Indonesia reiterated its deep concern about the escalating conflict and called fo...