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Myanmar crisis highlights ASEAN's identity dilemma

Failure to manage difficult choices undermines bloc's credibility

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Southeast Asian leaders attend an emergency summit in Jakarta on Apr. 24: not surprisingly, ASEAN efforts to implement a five-point plan on Myanmar have gone nowhere.   © Indonesian Presidential Palace/AP

Michael Vatikiotis is Asia director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and author of "Lives Between The Lines: A Journey in Search of the Lost Levant."

Something had to give: at a hastily-called "emergency meeting" of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday, regional officials confronted their failure to address the fallout from Myanmar's February 1 coup and decided that military chief Min Aung Hlaing should not join its leaders summit later this month.

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