La nueva estrategia de la ASEAN para Myanmar

NUEVA YORK – La reciente decisión por parte del gobierno de Myanmar de sentenciar a la líder prodemocrática Aung San Suu Kyi a otros 18 meses de arresto domiciliario demuestra lo difícil que es lidiar con los generales que gobiernan ese país. Sin embargo, tal vez ya se hayan dado los primeros pasos hacia una nueva estrategia.

La señal más clara surge de la Asociación de Naciones del Sudeste Asiático (ASEAN, por su sigla en inglés), a la que pertenece Myanmar. Al principio, la mayoría de los gobiernos que son miembros de la ASEAN respondieron dócilmente al veredicto, expresando su "desilusión" -una postura que refleja el principio de no interferencia del grupo en la política interna de los países miembro.

Pero el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores tailandés, Kasit Piromya, luego consultó a sus pares en Camboya, Indonesia, Singapur y Vietnam. Como presidente actual de la ASEAN, propuso la idea de exigir de manera concertada el perdón para Aung San Suu Kyi.

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