SINGAPORE/JAKARTA -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Tuesday called for all parties in Myanmar to "exercise utmost restraint as well as flexibility" as the crisis in the country following the Feb. 1 military coup worsens.
The statement was delivered by this year's ASEAN chair, Brunei, after an informal online meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers. This was the first gathering among ministers since the coup. More than 20 protesters have been killed and hundreds reportedly arrested in the military's crackdown on the protests. A court on Monday filed additional charges against ousted de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, blocking her comeback path.