ASEAN countries demand junta Myanmar end of violence

Leaders of the Southeast Asian ASEAN countries say they made agreements with the military leader of Myanmar, General Min Aung Hlaing at a summit in Jakarta. These agreements must put an end to the political crisis there. An important demand is that the violence against protesters against the junta be stopped.

Whether the general agrees to the agreements is unclear. โ€œHe listened to us and said he is taking the points into consideration,โ€ said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. โ€œSaying that you put an end to violence and release political opponents is one. Doing that too is different.โ€

The agreement, according to the ASEAN Presidency, contains four further points: the launch of a dialogue with all parties, mediation by the ASEAN countries, a visit by ASEAN envoys to Myanmar and the admission of humanitarian aid.

โ€œ This is beyond expectation,โ€ said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin of Malaysia. โ€œMin Aung Hlaing did not turn against the points I and my colleagues raised.โ€

Encouraging

Members of the deposed civilian government of Myanmar have established, with representatives of ethnic minorities, a shadow government, the government of national unity.

A spokesman for this government calls the reports from Jakarta โ€œencouragingโ€. โ€œWe hope that decisions will be quickly translated into action, that democracy will be restored and our people will be free again.โ€

The army seized power on February 1. In demonstrations against the military rulers, more than 700 people would have died.