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Myanmar Crisis

What to expect at ASEAN's Myanmar crisis summit

Bloc's divisions prompt predictions of 'modest progress at best'

A nighttime protest in Yangon in March: More than 700 people have been reported killed since the Feb. 1 coup.     © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- After weeks of laying the groundwork, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will hold a special summit on Saturday to discuss the crisis in Myanmar. But a lack of unity within the bloc is already casting doubt on the outcome, with one analyst predicting "modest progress at best."

The in-person meeting will be held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. Several top leaders are set to attend, including junta chief Min Aung Hlaing, who "will definitely go" according to a spokesman. Vietnam will send new Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, the government said on Wednesday. Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will attend, his office said Thursday.

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