Myanmar Junta Leader Holds Meeting in Jakarta with UN Special Envoy

Myanmar junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing met with the United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar in the recent special summit of ASEAN leaders in Indonesia on Saturday.

UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener has met with Hlaing on the sidelines of the ASEAN Leaders Meeting on Saturday, as the latter defended the military takeover of the country. 

Burgener also requested the junta chief to allow her to visit Myanmar but the junta did not immediately respond, sources from the ASEAN told Nikkei Asia. 

The UN envoy did not provide further details on the meeting. 

Earlier this month, Burgener said that the Myanmar military was not yet ready to receive her for talks.

“I am ready for dialogue. Violence never leads to peaceful sustainable solutions,” she wrote on Twitter. 

Meanwhile, Indonesia foreign minister Retno Marsudi also met with Burgener to discuss the recent developments in Myanmar. 

In a tweet on Saturday, the minister wrote, “Indonesia asked 3 things from the Myanmar Military: first, immediately stop the use of force; second, inclusive dialogue begins immediately; third, open access to humanitarian assistance coordinated by ASEAN.”

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