Asean calls on Myanmar to free Suu Kyi, slammed for talking to junta

2021-03-03 02:34:40

NEW DELHI: Some of Myanmar’s neighbours pressed its ruling junta on Tuesday to release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and cease using lethal force against opponents of their February1 coup to work out a solution to the crisis. The calls from fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) came as Myanmar police again opened fire to disperse crowds after weeks of demonstrations against military rule. Several people were wounded, witnesses said.
Asean foreign ministers held talks with a representative of the junta in a video call two days after the bloodiest day of unrest. At least 21 people have been killed since the coup, which Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong said was a “tragic” step back for Myanmar. The foreign minister of Indonesia urged Myanmar to “open its doors” to the Asean bloc to resolve the escalating tension. The foreign ministers of Malaysia and the Philippines also called for the release of Suu Kyi. But some countries were less emphatic and a statement from the group said “all parties” should refrain from instigating violence.
The bloc’s effort to engage with Myanmar’s military has been criticised by supporters of democracy, with a committee of ousted Myanmar lawmakers declaring the junta a terrorist group and saying Asean’s engagement would give it legitimacy. Sa Sa, the committee’s anointed envoy to the UN, said Asean should have no dealings with “this illegitimate military-led regime”

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