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‘As a family’: Minister presses for ASEAN meeting to broach Myanmar crisis

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 18, 2021   /  07:51 pm
‘As a family’: Minister presses for ASEAN meeting to broach Myanmar crisis Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (second right) is accompanied by her Brunei counterpart Eriwan Yusof (second left) as she meets with the oil-rich country's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (right) in Bandar Seri Begawan, on Wednesday. (The Jakarta Post/Indonesian Foreign Ministry)

Indonesia has urged current ASEAN chair Brunei to “act as family” and activate regional mechanisms in response to the situation in Myanmar, amid increasing international pressure on ASEAN to help solve the constitutional crisis. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi was in the Brunei capital of Bandar Seri Begawan on Wednesday, where she met Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof to discuss various issues including the political situation in Myanmar, where hundreds of civilian leaders have been detained following a military coup earlier this month. Members of the freely elected civilian government of Myanmar, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, are in the custody of the military junta, who detained them before the convening of the first session of parliament after successful elections held in November last year. As neighboring countries offere...