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Myanmar Crisis

Consensus-based ASEAN tested by Myanmar army chief's exclusion

Diplomatic deadlock forced bloc to act as international pressure mounted

ASEAN foreign ministers held an unscheduled virtual meeting Friday to discuss Myanmar's representation at the bloc's upcoming summit.

JAKARTA/YANGON -- The decision not to invite Myanmar Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to this month's ASEAN summit, an unusual move for a bloc that prides itself on consensus, comes amid a diplomatic impasse that has frustrated others in the international community.

In an emergency meeting of foreign ministers Friday, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations "accepted the decision to invite a nonpolitical representative from Myanmar to the upcoming summits," chair Brunei said in a statement the day after. Sources said this is most likely to be a Foreign Ministry bureaucrat.

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