In light of the developments in Myanmar where the military has seized power through a coup citing election irregularities and has toppled the democratically elected government of Myanmar, the leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia said they were seeking a special meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)to discuss the situation in Myanmar.
After a meeting with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the two countries’ foreign ministers had been asked to talk to Brunei, the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, to try to set up the special meeting on Myanmar.
Muhyiddin referred to the coup as being “one step backward in the process of democracy in that country”.
On February 1, ASEAN issued the following statement on the developments in Myanmar:
“ASEAN Member States have been closely following the current developments in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. We recall the purposes and the principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, including, the adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and good governance, respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms. We reiterate that the political stability in ASEAN Member States is essential to achieving a peaceful, stable and prosperous ASEAN Community. We encourage the pursuance of dialogue, reconciliation and the return to normalcy in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar”.