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ASEAN must quickly launch Myanmar envoy mission to halt violence

Group's decision to mediate conflict is a welcome change in noninterference principle

Southeast Asian leaders meet at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on April 24. Myanmar junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing is seated in the foreground at right. © Indonesian presidential office via AP

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has agreed to send a special envoy to Myanmar to find a way out of the bloodshed there. With the rest of the international community deadlocked over how to respond to the Feb. 1 coup, this is a step in the right direction. We hope that all parties will quickly put this plan into action.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, ASEAN leaders sat down for a face-to-face meeting in Jakarta on April 24. The group, which upholds the principle of noninterference, has never before convened a leaders summit to discuss the internal problems of a member nation.

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