ASEAN leaders tell Myanmar coup general to end killings

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Southeast Asian leaders met Myanmar's top general and coup leader in an emergency summit in Indonesia on Saturday, and are expected to press calls for an end to violence by security forces that has left hundreds of protesters dead as well as the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees.

In a statement announced by Asean's chair, the Sultan of Brunei, the leaders in their five-point consensus called for 1) the immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar; 2) constructive dialogue among all parties concerned to seek a peaceful solution in the interests of the people; 3) mediation to be facilitated by an envoy of Asean's chair, with the assistance of the secretary-general; 4) humanitarian assistance provided by Asean's AHA Centre and 5) a visit by the special envoy and delegation to Myanmar to meet all parties concerned.

"It's beyond our expectations", Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin told reporters after the leaders' meeting of the ASEAN that was also attended by Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar's senior general.

The meeting was attended by junta leader Min Aung Hlaing who has become the focus of global outrage over a military coup and crackdown that has left more than 700 dead.

Joko said the current situation in Myanmar was unacceptable.

The only ASEAN country now working as a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, Vietnam has been striving for the U.N.to enter balanced and comprehensive discussions on Myanmar, Son said, according to a statement from the foreign ministry.

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Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi of Indonesia expressed hopes that "we can reach an agreement on the next steps that can help the people of Myanmar get out of this delicate situation".

Another diplomat said humanitarian aid could be offered to Myanmar if conditions improved.

Myanmar has been in crisis since a coup on February 1, with nearly daily protests and a crackdown by the junta in which hundreds of people have been killed.

"International eyes are on [it] to see whether the regional approach that ASEAN has taken to find a resolution in Myanmar is effective", Mr Izzuddin said. In Myanmar, protesters took to the streets again on Saturday, including in northern Kachin state, where demonstrators wore blue shirts to symbolise detainees.

"ASEAN has a policy of consensus decision-making and non-interference in the affairs of its members, which include Myanmar". As a state party to a United Nations convention against torture, Indonesia has a legal obligation to prosecute or extradite a suspected perpetrator on its territory, it said. Notably absent from the summit - held in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and primarily touched on the Myanmar crisis - were the Philippines, Thailand and Laos. The face-to-face summit is the first by ASEAN leaders in more than a year.

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