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Jakarta Post

Engage Myanmar but suspend from ASEAN

Not in service: A man walks past buses of the Yangon Bus Service (YBS), which were burned in Yangon on Monday as the country continued to be in turmoil after the Feb. 1 military coup. (AFP/Stringer)
Elina Noor (The Jakarta Post)
Washington, DC   ●   Tue, April 13 2021

More than two months ago, Myanmar’s Tatmadaw usurped power alleging electoral fraud that could undermine stable democracy, national security, and solidarity in the country.

Since then, the military has itself directly set in motion all those scenarios it purportedly tried to head off. Hundreds have been killed, including children. With ethnic armed organizations clashing against the military and the junta and protesters digging in for the long haul, concerns are rife that the already deeply fractured nation seems headed towards a civil war.

Outside Myanmar, reactions to the coup have been mixed. Within ASEAN, responses have ranged from alarm a...

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