Indonesia, Singapore leaders urge Myanmar to implement peace plan

The leaders of Indonesia and Singapore have reaffirmed their shared intention to push Myanmar's military to move ahead with a stalled peace plan.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo currently chairs the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He met in Singapore with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday to discuss matters of bilateral and regional concern.

Myanmar was high on the agenda. The two leaders share the view there has been little progress on the five-point peace plan agreed nearly two years ago between ASEAN and the Myanmar military. The plan calls for an immediate end to violence and dialogue among all parties in the country's conflict.

After the meeting Joko said, "Indonesia will push for progress on the implementation of the five points, and engage with all parties to pave the way for an inclusive national dialogue, emphasizing the importance of reducing tensions and violence."

Lee said, "Singapore will continue working with Indonesia and with ASEAN members, plus ASEAN's partners like the UN, to push for the full implementation of the five points of consensus."

Both Indonesia and Singapore have taken a tough stance toward Myanmar's military. But other ASEAN members prefer a more conciliatory approach.

Joko will chair a summit of the group's leaders in his country in May.