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Myanmar needs “political will,” Indonesian president states

Jakarta,Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday that the crisis in Myanmar needs "political will" from all parties involved in the conflict.

Myanmar has been wracked by violence in the last two years since civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown in a coup and faced 19 criminal charges, ranging from corruption to violation of Covid-19 rules.

“We are aware that the situation in Myanmar is still full of challenges,” the leader assured at a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to celebrate its 56th anniversary.

Widodo told the dignitaries that the ten-member bloc, which includes Myanmar, must continue to work together to find a breakthrough in the crisis.

ASEAN’s efforts to solve the crisis will continue along the lines of a five-item agreement reached with Myanmar two years ago, he added.

However, the Burmese military junta is largely ignoring the agreement, which aims to end violence and resume talks between the army and the anti-coup movement.

Meanwhile, ASEAN remains divided on how to engage with the junta since the 2021 coup and it excludes it from high-level summits due to lack of action on the five-item agreement.


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