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ASEAN struggles to end Myanmar impasse as week of meetings begins

Series of key diplomatic talks also includes US, China and North Korea

The ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta: The bloc is set for a busy week of diplomatic meetings.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers met online on Monday, with the drawn-out crisis in Myanmar high on the agenda.

A meeting that was supposed to last two hours went on for five, according to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who said the discussion was "very open" but offered no indication of tangible progress toward a resolution for Myanmar. She said Indonesia urged Myanmar and the bloc to move forward with approving a special envoy to the troubled country.

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