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ASEAN laments Myanmar impasse at unprecedented 9-nation summit

After regime skips meeting entirely, bloc says troubled member needs 'time and political space'

A screen shows the virtual ASEAN Summit on Oct. 26, with a placeholder for Myanmar where its representative would have been. (Photo courtesy of Brunei government)

JAKARTA -- Top leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of progress on resolving Myanmar's political turmoil, with their virtual summit marked by the absence of any representative from Naypyitaw.

Photos from the meeting showed a screen with nine ASEAN heads of state, with the bold text "Myanmar" in the spot where the country's representative should have been.

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