The Head Of The Myanmar Coup Makes His First Visit Overseas

The Myanmar military head is going on his first foreign trip since the coup on February 1st, 2021. He will be going to the ASEAN summit on Saturday, April 24th, 2021.
Since the coup on February 1st, more than 700 civilians
The head of the Myanmar military is set to meet international leaders, in what will be his first known foreign trip since the army took power in a coup.
Since the coup happened, more than 700 people have been killed as many protested against the military government. Some of the people killed have been unarmed children in their homes.
The talks in the Indonesian capital will be the first international effort to address the crisis and they will see leaders and foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) attend.
Though this has not been confirmed, it is widely believed that Min Aung Hlaing will attend the summit in person.
However, the 10 ASEAN members have been divided over whether to even hold a meeting. There are clear signs of splits between governments that want to take action and those that don’t.
ASEAN appears to be divided along geographic lines, with the “mainland” countries – those physically closest to China – more opposed to intervention in Myanmar, while the “maritime” countries – those further from China – are favored to taking action.
From the latter group, Indonesia has been pushing the hardest for a collective response to the crisis.
Yet it will be just as challenging to convince the other nine countries to take a unified stance as it will be to convince the Myanmar junta to de-escalate the crisis.
Philippines’ president and Thailand’s prime minister have said they would only send their foreign ministers.
The other members of this trading federation include Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Myanmar.
ASEAN members rarely interfere in each other’s internal affairs, but there have been calls for Myanmar, also known as Burma, to be expelled from the organization.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the Asean summit to resolve the crisis and prevent “possible grave humanitarian implications beyond Myanmar’s borders,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the Asean summit to resolve the crisis and prevent “potential grave humanitarian implications beyond Myanmar’s borders,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
UN special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, will be in Jakarta and will be on the sidelines, talking to countries about the Myanmar crisis.
Since the military seized control and declared a year-long state of emergency, there have been mass protests throughout Myanmar.
According to the armed forces, there was widespread fraud in a general election late last year, which returned elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party to power.
The military promised instead that elections would be “free and fair” once the state of emergency is lifted.
In the past few weeks, the military has increased its use of force against protesters, with one incident earlier this month in the city of Bago seeing more than 80 people killed.
Witnesses told local media that soldiers had used heavy weapons and shot at anything that moved.

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