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ASEAN moving forward on Myanmar crisis

Cross-culture solidarity: Protesters hold posters and a framed picture of detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a march on May 2 in Taipei, Taiwan, to protest the Feb. 1 coup by the Myanmar military. (Reuters/Ann Wang)
Eric Paulsen
Kuala Lumpur   ●   Tue, May 4 2021

On April 24, ASEAN accomplished what many thought was near impossible. ASEAN managed to get Gen.  Min Aung Hlaing, the leader of the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw, to attend the leaders’ meeting in person for crisis talks on Myanmar.

This is an extraordinary achievement, as the regional bloc, well known for its non-interference principle, has for the first time convened a special meeting to discuss grievous issues concerning another member state.

The meeting is the culmination of weeks of diplomatic efforts led by Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, all of which had advocated for a stronger response since the military coup on Feb. 1.

Three months on, Myanmar is deep in crisis. The military regime is still bent on suppressing all popular opposition, shooting to kill, and using brutal measures to stifle mass protests and the civil disobe...

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