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Asean calls summit on Myanmar as EU widens sanctions

Southeast Asian countries will discuss the crisis in Myanmar at a summit in Jakarta on Saturday (April 17), but some are choosing to send ministers rather than heads of government. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has been trying to guide Myanmar, a member, out of the bloody turmoil triggered by the military overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi s elected government on Feb 1. But the group s principles of consensus and non-interference have restricted its ability to overcome members divergent views on how to respond to the army s killing of hundreds of civilians. Domestic media said at least six villagers had been killed on Tuesday by the junta s security forces. After Asean s secretariat announced the summit, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said he would be represented by his deputy, Don Pramudwinai, who is also foreign minister. Some other countries will also send their foreign ministers, Prayuth, a former army chief who led a coup in Thailand in 2014, told reporters.


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