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Myanmar Crisis

ASEAN leaders to meet over Myanmar, chair Brunei says

Statement with Malaysia paves way for Jakarta talks at unspecified date

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, pictured at an ASEAN summit in 2017, has backed calls for the bloc to meet about the Myanmar crisis.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -- Brunei, the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, on Monday threw its support behind a regional leaders' meeting to discuss developments in Myanmar and said it has asked officials to prepare for a meeting in Jakarta.

Myanmar has been in crisis since a Feb. 1 military coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Activists say at least 557 people have since been killed in a crackdown by security forces on protests and strikes across the country, where the junta has restricted internet access.

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