NEW DELHI: India on Sunday gave a thumbs up to the Asean’s new steps to help Myanmar resolve its political crisis. An Asean leaders’ meeting on Saturday took the most proactive step thus far by appointing a special envoy to work towards some kind of political dialogue.
In a statement, the MEA welcomed the Asean initiative and said, “Our diplomatic engagement with Myanmar will be aimed at strengthening these efforts.”
Asean has come under a lot of criticism for looking the other way while a coup was effected under its nose. The sustained violence and the military junta’s targeting of Myanmar citizens — over 700 have been killed in military crackdowns — has given the impression that Asean is toothless. “India as a friend of the people of Myanmar, will continue to play a constructive and meaningful role aimed at resolving the current situation in Myanmar. India’s support to the democratic process in Myanmar remains steadfast,” the MEA said.
According to reports, Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing has given his approval to participate in the Asean-led dialogue.
A statement after the Asean summit on Saturday called for an “immediate cessation of violence.”