ASEAN Leaders to Meet in Jakarta on Apr.24 Expected to Discuss Myanmar Issue

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Durian. The Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced on Apr.20 that 10 member leaders will meet in Jakarta at its headquarters on April 24, expected to discuss a specific issue which is related to the current development in Myanmar.

Further announcement on the summit will be issued by Brunei Darussalam as the current chair of ASEAN, the secretariat said.

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Myanmar is one of ASEAN member countries besides Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

On February 1, military took over power through a coup d’état, overthrew democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her political party the National League for Democracy (NLD). Suu Kyi has been detained by the junta under various charges since Feb.1.

Since the military took power, raids by the authorities and a series of rallies by civil society against junta were conducted, resulting more than 700 people were killed, including children, and more than 3,000 people have been arrested.

Myanmar junta leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing is expected to attend the summit.

The summit will be a test for ASEAN whether it can solve its regional affairs or not, concerning the block’s non-interference principle that grants each member state’s sovereignty to solve its domestic affairs without intervention for others.

The non-interference principle often becomes ASEAN’s obstacle to take necessary action without permission or call for assistance from the subject country.

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