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ASEAN must unite on ending violence in Myanmar

Fragmented diplomacy by bloc's members will allow chaos to continue

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and other leaders gather for the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, on May 10. (Pool via Reuters)

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders' summit, held in Indonesia through May 11, failed to produce a concrete solution to the crisis in Myanmar, the biggest issue facing the multilateral group.

ASEAN's response has been largely hampered by disagreements among member countries over the need to increase pressure on Myanmar's military, which has continued to repress civilians since launching a takeover in February 2021. To halt the humanitarian crisis, ASEAN needs to regain its internal cohesion.

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