The association is also hindered by the lack of a cohesive response. Member states like Indonesia and the Philippines have taken a firmer stance on the Myanmar crisis, while Malaysia as well as Thailand favored a more ambiguous response.
Myanmar’s crisis came about on February 1 after the military junta arrested the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and overthrew the democracy icon’s government after her National League of Democracy [NLD] party beat military sponsored parties by a landslide last November.
The military resorted to a brutal crackdown on the opposition, by killing more than 700 people and imprisoning thousands of others, after they protested the military coup over the past two months.
(Writers/Editors: Aditya Jaya Iswara, Danur Lambang Pristiandaru)
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