ASEAN is at a loss for ideas on how to address Myanmar crisis, says Indonesia's ex-foreign minister
- The ASEAN summit kicked off in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday, with Myanmar's political crisis and the South China Sea disputes expected to dominate discussions.
- This is the second year in a row that Myanmar is not invited to the regional meeting, following the military coup in February 2021 which saw its elected leader Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi ousted from power.
- Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia's former foreign minister, said ASEAN member states have become "a little bit divided" over the past year in addressing Myanmar's prolonged civil strife.
Myanmar migrant workers hold a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi during the march to mark International Labor Day in Bangkok, calling for the workers rights and protesting against the Myanmar military government on May 1, 2023.
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Southeast Asian nations must adopt a cohesive position on Myanmar's civil conflict and the ASEAN summit is a chance for leaders to "recalibrate," Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia's former foreign minister told CNBC.