ASEAN meets under shadow of Myanmar coup anniversary – Wed, February 1 2023

    Yvette Tanamal (The Jakarta Post)


    Jakarta   ●  
    Wed, February 1 2023

    The first ASEAN Ministers’ Meeting under Indonesia’s chairmanship kicks off on Wednesday, coinciding with the second anniversary of the military putsch in Myanmar, where an elected government was toppled to make way for what critics consider as a sham-election redo.

    From Feb. 1-5, Jakarta will play host to the first string of foreign-policy meetings under the AMM banner, including a closed-door retreat session on Saturday to candidly discuss issues of shared concern. In line with recent convention, Myanmar would not be represented by any official holding political office.

    But the shadow of the Feb. 1, 2021, coup looms large over the Southeast Asian meetup, even as Indonesia seeks to dampen concerns that the bloc would be too preoccupied by the political crisis that erupted after Myanmar’s military usurped power from civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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