INDONESIA’S foreign minister says the opinion of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and civil society will influence whether Myanmar is invited to chair the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2014.
Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told The Associated Press he would travel to Myanmar in October as ASEAN assesses if the military-dominated country is on track, as it makes tentative steps toward reform.
He said Myanmar was extremely keen to take on the rotating chairmanship of the 10-member regional grouping, currently held by Indonesia. He described that as “an important opportunity to hasten change”.
Mr Natalegawa said: “I shall be keen to listen and to hear the voice of civil society, not least the voice of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.”