South Asia and Beyond

ASEAN Consensus: Is Myanmar Junta Game?

Is Myanmar’s military junta going back on the five consensus points reached at the Jakarta summit on Sunday? The junta in a statement said it would give “careful consideration to constructive suggestions… when the situation returns to stability”. It said the suggestions must facilitate the junta’s own roadmap and “serve the interests of the country…”

Myanmar’s national unity government which represents MPs of the ousted parliament told ASEAN that there would be no talks until all political prisoners were released. It pointed out that ASEAN should be talking to them rather than the military junta. By inviting junta chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to the Jakarta summit, they said, ASEAN had given legitimacy to the generals.

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