Indonesia says Asean summit on Myanmar set for April 24


An Indonesian biker gestures as cyclists take part in a Bike for Democracy protest to support the anti-coup movement and democracy in Myanmar, on the main road in Jakarta, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. - Reuters

JAKARTA, April 17 (dpa): Leaders of South-East Asian countries are expected to meet in the Indonesian capital next week to discuss the political crisis in Myanmar following the February 1 military coup, an official source has confirmed.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for a summit of the 10-member Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) last month, after hundreds were killed in a military crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar.

The summit is to be held in person in Jakarta on April 24, said a source close to the Indonesian president, who declined to be named.

"All the 10 countries are expected to be represented," the source said.

More than 700 people have been killed by Myanmar's security forces since protests broke out after the coup that deposed Aung San Su Kyi’s civilian government, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a Myanmar human rights group based in Thailand.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing will attend the Asean summit in Indonesia on April 24, a Thai foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday (April 17), for his first known foreign trip since he staged a Feb. 1 coup.

Myanmar has been in upheaval since Min Aung Hlaing ousted an elected government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, with security forces killing 728 people, according to an activist group tally, in an attempt to stamp out protests.

In the latest violence, security forces shot and killed two people in the ruby-mining town of Mogok, one of several towns in which crowds came out to protest on Saturday, a resident told Reuters and media reported. - dpa
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