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ASEAN to Myanmar: stop crackdown

ASEAN has asked the junta to seek a political solution to the crisis and exercise restrain in Myanmar.

world Updated: Sep 28, 2007 13:55 IST

Concerned at the military government's crackdown on peaceful protestors in Myanmar, ASEAN has asked the junta to seek a political solution to the crisis and exercise restrain.

"The Myanmar government should immediately desist from the use of violence against demonstrators," the ASEAN foreign ministers said in a statement issued following a discussion on the situation in Myanmar.

The ASEAN condemnation came as more than 1,000 Myanmar immigrants held a peaceful protest outside their country's embassy in Malaysia in support of the Buddhist monks as the Military shut down some cyber cafes and yanked phone lines to stop flow of information and news from the country, reports said.

At least nine deaths have been reported after Myanmar soldiers and security forces ruthlessly raided Buddhist monasteries on Thursday and arrested monks and novices beating them up and opened fire into crowds of demonstrators in Yangon.

It is believed to be the first time a statement was issued by the ASEAN Chair, Singapore's Foreign Minister George Yeo, against Myanmar, an ASEAN member.

The ASEAN ministers expressed their revulsion to Myanmarese foreign minister Nyan Win over reports that demonstrations in Myanmar were being suppressed with violent force and that there had been a number of fatalities.

They strongly urged Myanmar to exercise utmost restraint and seek a political solution. The ministers called on Myanmar to resume its efforts at national reconciliation with all parties concerned and work towards a peaceful transition to democracy.