The Myanmar challenge to Asean

Recent developments have shown how fragile and tricky Asean’s quest to help Myanmar will be

People displaced by fighting between government troops and ethnic rebels awaiting food distribution last month at a monastery in Myanmar’s eastern Shan state. The news coming out of the country is not good – inflation has spiked, economic activity is seizing up and street battles and bombings are eroding safety for ordinary citizens. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Since the five-point consensus was reached at the special Asean Summit in Jakarta on April 24, the process of implementing it has run into many obstacles, both inside and outside Myanmar.

The first blow was struck by the National Unity Government (NUG), which represents a group of parliamentarians elected in the elections last year.

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