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Myanmar Crisis

ASEAN risks enabling Myanmar junta to buy time

Bloc's 'soft intervention' raises both doubts and hopes for end to coup crisis

Myanmar's junta chief, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, left, is welcomed at Soekarno Hatta International Airport on the outskirts of Jakarta on April 24.   © Reuters

YANGON/BANGKOK -- The landmark meeting in Jakarta on April 24 between leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Myanmar's junta chief, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, has been portrayed as everything from a qualified success to a dismal failure.

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