ASEAN should rethink its approach to Myanmar crisis, U.N. expert says

23/6/2022 2:23:00 PM

ASEAN should rethink its approach to Myanmar crisis, U.N. expert says

ASEAN should rethink its approach to Myanmar crisis, U.N. expert says

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The Southeast Asian bloc ASEAN should rethink its approach to engaging with Myanmar and demand specific actions and timeframes to end hostilities in the military-ruled country, a United Nations expert said on Thursday.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is divided over how to deal with Myanmar, where the military overthrew an elected government last year and has since led a brutal crackdown on opponents.Shortly after its coup, ASEAN members, including Myanmar, came to an agreement to restore peace, but progress has stalled amid weak enforcement.

"The (agreement) is meaningless if it sits on a piece of paper," Andrews told a news conference after a six-day trip to Malaysia, one of the junta's most vocal critics in the region."After one year of a lack of progress, let's rethink this approach by adding a strategy to the implementation of that approach," he said, adding ASEAN countries should heed Malaysia's call for more action.

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The Burmese military is killing people. There should be no such generation of military. ASEAN needs to do something.