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ASEAN Summit on Myanmar – will it achieve anything? | VIDEO



Today the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will hold a special summit today to discuss the crisis in Myanmar. The meeting is being held at the current secretariat for the Bloc, in Jakarta.

There will be huffing and puffing, a group photo, a few grand-standing leaders shaking their fingers at the Burmese chiefs, and then everyone will go home.

And, as usual, ASEAN would have once again achieved precisely nothing.

Missing are the President of the Philippines and the Thai PM. They are both sending underlings, in the case of Thailand, the veteran foreign minister Don Pramudwinnai. When PM Prayut spoke with the Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday, he expressed “concern and worries” about the situation in Myanmar told him that he’d stay home to focus on the rise in Covid cases.

The Burmese Army chief, Min Aung Hlaing, conformed this week that he will attend… probably more about stumping up his credentials as the defect leader and getting some international recognition. How ASEAN can even provide a podium for this military thug is unconscionable.

The Thaiger’s Tim Newton has his thoughts on the Saturday Summit.


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  1. Craig

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    I’m guessing nothing will happen. The other ASEAN countries don’t want ASEAN telling them what to do when they stage the next coup.

  2. David Pilkington

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    An excellent commentary by Tim Newton that sums the whole thing up, probably like 99% of readers believe. The only way that any good might come of today’s farce would be if Prayut was to see this video, with a translator of course, and take a long, hard look at himself – ex-coup-leader or otherwise – and ask himself if there was no more or better action he could have taken, both for the good of Myanmar and the entire ASEAN region . . . and his own credibility, too.
    Another very sad day for the region and, as the video closure hinted, might it be the precursor to all out civil war? How would Hlaing view that prospect, many hundreds of millions of people, world-wide, must be asking?

  3. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    I am disappointed that the Philippines President Duterti will not be there.
    He is the one man among the lot of them that would be likely to condemn the military takeover in Miyama.
    A rather brusque fellow, true, but he spares nobody’s feeling, and very unpopular with drug dealers.

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2011. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 42 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program (public radio Australia), presented over 11,000 radio news bulletins, 3,950 in Thailand alone, hosted 1050 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. He also reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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