General Min Aung Hlaing, the army chief who seized power through a coup in Myanmar, has taken part in an emergency meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The army official arrived in Jakarta on Saturday to attend a conference of ASEAN leaders.
At the meeting, ASEAN leaders are expected to demand the release of Suu Kyi and the release of political prisoners, as well as an end to the ongoing military protests in the country.
However, analysts say the two-hour meeting between the two leaders will not be fruitful.
This is the first foreign trip of the head of the junta government since Myanmar took power on February 1. Analysts say his decision is an opportunity for the ASEAN alliance to play a bigger role in resolving the Myanmar crisis.
“If the crisis is not resolved now, it could lead to a critical crisis for Myanmar, ASEAN and the region,” he said.
“The next step is for us to reach a joint agreement so that the people of Myanmar can come out of the current stalemate,” he said.
Meanwhile, a diplomat told the Associated Press that Brunei’s prime minister and current ASEAN president Hassan al-Balkiah would visit Myanmar if the junta chief Min Aung Hlaing’s administration agreed. ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Joachim will accompany him on this visit. The ASEAN delegation will visit Myanmar to try to negotiate and reach an understanding with Suu Kyi and General Hlaing.