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Myanmar Crisis

India hosts '1.5' informal Myanmar talks amid flurry of diplomacy

Critics say engagement undercuts ASEAN's freeze on generals

Yangon on April 10: Diplomacy toward Myanmar's regime is intensifying, clashing with ASEAN's official stance of excluding the military leadership.   © Matt Hunt/SIPA via AP

TAIPEI/CHIANG MAI -- An India-hosted round of alternative negotiations with Myanmar has produced informal agreements to reduce violence on "all sides," curb transnational crime and expedite humanitarian aid to the conflict-wracked country, according to a source directly involved, cranking up pressure on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to adjust its own diplomacy.

India organized a "Track 1.5 meeting" on Myanmar this week in New Delhi as a follow-up to a similar meeting in Bangkok last month. In addition to Indian officials, think tank experts and midlevel representatives of Myanmar's military regime, five other ASEAN countries took part: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, with Indonesia present as the organization's rotating chair.

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