On Tuesday, 23 Feb, Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi claimed that the Myanmar democracy transition should be in line with the people’s wishes after the coup this month.
Her comments followed anger on the report by Reuters from anti-coup protesters that Indonesia is pushing an assembly plan to send monitors to ensure that the junta holds fair elections, which was the promise of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Demonstrations want immediate restoration of the elected government. Some called for social media to demonstrate at the Embassy of Indonesia in Myanmar.
“The inclusive democratic transition should be pursued according to the wishes of the Myanmar people. Any way forward is the means to this end,” Retno said in a message sent by her office to Reuters.
“Indonesia is very concerned about the situation in Myanmar and supports the Myanmar people. The well-being and security of the Myanmar people is the number one priority,” said Retno.
She called on all parties to ‘prescribe as much as possible to prevent bloodshed.’
Indonesia’s foreign ministry declined to comment on whether it wanted the outcome of the Nov 8 election to be respected, but a spokesman noted that Indonesian president Joko Widodo had congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi on her victory at the time.
It also refused to comment on the Reuters report on their plan, which calls on the Junta and protestors to mediate with ASEAN.
But the ASEAN plan was played down by a former Indonesian foreign minister.
Marty Natalegawa – the predecessor of Retno – said to CNA, “The idea of the elections being conducted by the Juntas is farcical and is totally non-starter.
“The already democratically expressed will of the people of Myanmar must be respected. The international community must work for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar.”
On Feb 1. the army of Myanmar caught power after the electoral commission rejected the accusations of fraud, following a vote swept by Suu Kyi’s party. The Junta promised a new election, but it didn’t set an exact schedule.
The coup led to everyday mass protests and strikes by numerous government workers for almost three weeks.
Senior regional officials familiar with Indonesia’s Myanmar proposal said it was the most realistic way of bringing Myanmar on track with representative government to host ruling generals at their promised election.
The ASEAN bloc, also covering Myanmar, comprises Indonesia as the largest of 10 countries.