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Jakarta Post

Top envoy lauds ASEAN's Myanmar breakthrough

President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo (second left) and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (right) walk as they attend the ASEAN leaders' summit at the bloc's secretariat building in Jakarta on April 24, 2021.(Handout/Muchlis Jr/Indonesian Presidential Palace via REUTERS)
Dian Septiari
Jakarta   ●   Tue, April 27 2021

The ASEAN leaders’ meeting on Saturday could not have happened without the support of various key stakeholders in the region, Indonesia’s top diplomat has said, as ASEAN member states prepared to tackle the “real homework” of resolving the crisis in Myanmar.

Speaking in a limited interview with The Jakarta Post a day after the summit, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi revealed new details about how she led, under the instructions of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a diplomatic charge to ensure that the region could move forward in finding a solution for the violence-ridden country.

ASEAN leaders issued a “five-point consensus” calling for the immediate cessation of violence, the start of dialogue and access to humanitarian assistance for the people of Myanmar, after meeting with junta leader Gen. Min Aung Hla...

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