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ASEAN in-person summit on Myanmar to be held in Jakarta Saturday

Activists flash a three-finger sign of defiance as they ride bicycles during a solidarity rally against Myanmar's military coup called "Bike for Myanmar" in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

JAKARTA (Kyodo) -- The ASEAN secretariat in Jakarta said Tuesday that an in-person summit of the bloc's leaders on Myanmar will be held in the Indonesian capital on Saturday.

    The secretariat has not announced the participating countries, but the Thai Foreign Ministry said on April 17 that Myanmar military chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing will attend the leaders' meeting.

    The ad hoc meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders is aimed at discussing the situation in Myanmar, where protests against a February coup by the military and violent crackdowns on them continue.

    ASEAN member countries are hoping to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the country where the military is blamed for the deaths of hundreds of civilians demanding democracy and the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

    According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a rights group based in Thailand and Myanmar, as of Monday, 738 people have been killed by security forces since the military seized power on Feb. 1.

    ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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