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Jakarta Post

ASEAN summit on Myanmar crisis likely this month

This handout photo taken and released by Dawei Watch on April 6, 2021 shows a protester holding a sign during a rally against the military coup in Launglone township in Myanmar's Dawei district.(Dawei Watch via AFP/Handout)
Dian Septiari
Jakarta   ●   Fri, April 16 2021

ASEAN leaders look set to convene an important crisis meeting on Myanmar on the weekend of April 24, nearly a month after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for the summit amid continued violence following the military coup.

The Indonesian leader had called for a high-level meeting on March 19, following an earlier informal meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers that saw an appeal to get the junta to stop the violence and open talks only fall on deaf ears.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Jokowi’s proposal was supported by powers such as China and Russia, signaling ASEAN’s greater role in coordinating a response to the grim situation that continues to pose a threat to regional stability.

Both countries are veto-wielding members of the United Nations Security Council that previously blocked a call ...

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