Singapore's leader says that ASEAN should continue inviting a non-political representative from Myanmar to its meetings and any decision to change that "had to be based on new facts".
Min Aung Hlaing has said that he will facilitate the ASEAN special envoy's visit to Myanmar as well as meetings with the all parties concerned, including ethnic groups.
Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn warns that the outlook is dire in the country as the political and security crisis deepens.
Countries and international bodies have condemned Myanmar's conviction of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions.
Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country won’t use its position to seek hegemony over its neighbours days after a flare-up in a maritime dispute with the Philippines.
Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry has vowed to challenge ASEAN’s unprecedented move to downgrade its participation in the three-day summit, which is being held by video due to coronavirus concerns.
Myanmar’s military leaders barred ASEAN special envoy Erywan Yusof from meeting deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, prompting some bloc members to threaten to block junta chief Min Aung Hlaing from a summit.
The military's brutal crackdown post-coup has been aided by an arsenal of surveillance and data extraction tools sourced from Western firms.
Myanmar military is fighting ill-armed volunteers, aligned with anti-coup lawmakers, in Kayah State near the Thai border, with locals accusing the army of firing artillery shells that landed near villages.
Two warplanes "launched an air strike and aerial gunfire" followed by rockets from helicopters, says governor of Thailand's Mae Hong Son province, which borders Myanmar's Karen state, marking a second day of assault.
A formal statement, which was issued by ASEAN leaders after they met with Myanmar General Min Aung Hlaing in Jakarta, calls for “immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar” and urges all parties to “exercise utmost restraint”.
Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, lamented the "lack of adequate and strong action" over the military junta's deadly crackdown on anti-coup protesters.
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