Asean not as effective as hoped in Myanmar, Singapore foreign minister says

The progress by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Myanmar has not been as effective as hoped, Singapore’s foreign minister said in an interview.The United Nations and many countries have urged Asean, whose 10 members include Myanmar, to restore stability through diplomacy.“(The bloc is) not as effective or as quick as we would have hoped for. But this is a difficult situation,” Vivian Balakrishnan said.As Myanmar battles Covid-19, calls arise for aid without legitimising…