ASEAN urges cessation of violence in Myanmar’s Karen, Rakhine states

In addition to stating its concerns about conditions in Myanmar, the regional bloc expressed support for aid operations and reiterated its call for dialogue between the regime and anti-junta forces

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) released a statement on Thursday calling for the parties involved in Myanmar’s escalating internal conflict to heed civilians’ safety and cease hostilities.

The member states of ASEAN “are deeply concerned over the recent escalation of conflicts, including in the area of Myawaddy, Kayin State between Myanmar and Thailand and in Rakhine State of Myanmar,” the statement said, referring to Karen State by an alternate name.

The recent clashes between the military and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA)—the armed wing of the powerful ethnic national organisation Karen National Union—culminated on April 11 with the KNLA and allied forces’ capture of the last junta base in Myawaddy Township, Karen State, a major trade hub on the border with. . .

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