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Should ASEAN boycott Myanmar?

  • Simone Galimberti

    Kathmandu

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Kathmandu   /   Tue, March 23 2021   /  01:00 am
Traditional Myanmar spirit mediums hold up signs during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on Feb. 11, 2021. (AFP/STR)

It is time for leadership for Brunei and its monarch, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. As reported by The Jakarta Post, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is pushing for an ASEAN meeting to discuss the ensuing crisis in Myanmar, and the ruler of Brunei, who holds the annual rotating presidency, has a central role to play. Such a meeting among the heads of state should have happened weeks ago, but now that a formal proposal has been made by Indonesia, it is of extreme importance that Sultan Bolkiah gets this right, showing statesmanship and visionary leadership about the future of Southeast Asia. The regional bloc is probably facing its most severe political test with the coup in Myanmar, and despite the deep divisions within ASEAN among democracies and authoritarian member states, it is high time for an unequivocal message: Illegitimate power takeovers are not admissible and t...