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Southeast Asian leaders will appoint an envoy to mediate talks between "all parties” in Myanmar, one of the most concrete moves yet aimed at ending months of violence since a Feb. 1 coup that has seen the military regime kill hundreds of pro-democracy protesters.

Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing agreed to the dialogue process at a special summit on Saturday of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which has come under increasing pressure to take action to end the bloodshed. The leaders reached consensus on an "immediate cessation of violence,” according to a statement released after the meeting.

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