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Indonesian president acknowledges ASEAN made no significant progress on Myanmar

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday acknowledged that the regional bloc has not been able to make any significant progress on conflict-hit Myanmar.

“Frankly, the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus (5PCs) regarding Myanmar which was agreed upon by ASEAN leaders in 2021, has not made significant progress,” Joko told the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Popularly known as Jokowi, the Indonesian leader made these comments during a meeting of ASEAN leaders in the Southeast Asian nation’s tourist destination of Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara province.

Indonesia is the current chair of the ASEAN and the 42nd summit of the bloc’s leaders began on Wednesday.

The regional bloc has held several summits and meetings since the 2021 military coup in Myanmar but has stopped inviting junta representatives.

According to details shared on his Twitter, Joko said the ASEAN leaders discussed two main issues including the implementation of 5PCs in Myanmar and the implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on wider Asia-Pacific.

As chair of ASEAN, Joko said: “Indonesia continues to strive for the implementation of the Five Points of Agreement by continuing to encourage inclusive dialogue, calling for an end to violence, facilitating the completion of joint needs assessments, and channeling humanitarian assistance.”


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