Jakarta | Indonesia announced Wednesday that it was in talks with the various parties involved in the political crisis in Burma and said its foreign minister could soon visit the Southeast Asian country to help find a solution.
Jakarta released the statement after a Burmese government document leaked indicating that Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who is currently in Thailand, was to visit Burma on Thursday.
This move has not been confirmed by Indonesia, one of the main diplomatic players in the region. Jakarta said on Wednesday that no visit was planned.
But Indonesian authorities have left open the possibility of a later visit by Ms Marsudi, who is supposed to visit the coup-plagued country for a special ministerial-level meeting of the Association of Asian Nations. Southeast (Asean).
The date of this meeting has not yet been announced.
“In view of current developments and following observations from several ASEAN countries, it appears that the time is not ideal for a visit to Burma,” the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told reporters in Jakarta. Foreign Affairs Teuku Faizasyah.
“But Indonesia is determined to keep communications open with all parties in Burma.”
Asked by AFP, Mr. Faizasyah said: “We are open to a visit, but we must carefully decide when” when it can take place.