ASEAN Foreign Ministers convene Special Meeting in Jakarta to address the situation in Myanmar

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PUTRAJAYA: ASEAN Foreign Ministers convened a Special Meeting on 27th Oct. 2022 in Jakarta, Indonesia, to discuss the way forward on ASEAN’s efforts to address the situation in Myanmar specifically regarding the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said, the Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah was represented by Norman Mohamad, Deputy Secretary-General for Bilateral Affairs of the Ministry.

“Malaysia reiterated its position that ASEAN needs to have a Framework, to facilitate the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus, with a clear endgame for a Myanmar that is democratic, inclusive and just, peaceful and harmonious, as well as prosperous where civil and political rights are guaranteed by the Constitution,” the statement said.

The statement added, a transition plan would be required for this Framework. Malaysia also re-emphasised that, aside from the ASEAN Summits, no political representative from Myanmar should be invited to any ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.

“Towards encouraging constructive dialogue among all parties concerned, Malaysia proposed for ASEAN to engage the National Unity Government (NUG), National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) and other stakeholders.

“To improve humanitarian efforts, Malaysia recommended ASEAN to consider the Inclusive Humanitarian Donor Forum proposed by the NUG to support ASEAN’s efforts on humanitarian assistance.

“Malaysia also suggested for ASEAN to review the current cooperation with the Myanmar Humanitarian Task Force to include cooperation with local, international and UN bodies, NGOs and CSOs,” the statement added.

The statement also highlighted that there were various proposals made at the meeting. Among others the meeting agreed to study these proposals and meet again in November to come up with recommendations to be submitted for the consideration of the ASEAN Leaders at the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits, on 11 November 2022 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.- Malaysia World News

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