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Myanmar's crisis is ASEAN's crisis

Regional bloc should seek a constructive solution

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Protesters gather in front of armored vehicles in Yangon on Feb. 15: The junta should be aware that ASEAN's patience may not last.   © NurPhoto/Getty Images

Kavi Chongkittavorn is a senior fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has made it clear in the wake of the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar that it will no longer defend the country's behavior. But rather than isolate the junta, regional leaders have indicated they would prefer to work toward restoring the democratic process.

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