ASEAN needs to have a Framework with an end game on the Myanmar conflicts – Minister Saifuddin

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PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet Minister had decided that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah to bring up the issue of not allowing political representatives from Myanmar to attend all ASEAN Ministerial Level Meetings including the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh on 3rd Aug. 2022.

Saifuddin said, the Cabinet meeting held on 22nd July had also decided that Myanmar should not send any representative until ASEAN Summit in November where a Framework to implement the ASEAN 5-Point Consensus (5PC) is to be discussed.

The Foreign Minister added, on 25th July, the Junta reportedly had executed four Myanmar democracy activists namely Kyaw Min Yu, Phyo Zeya Thaw, Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw.

“Malaysia condemns this heinous act as it is a crime against humanity. It shows the Junta is making the 5PC as a mockery.

“Previously I had suggested the ASEAN Chair’s Special Envoy should meet with the National Unity Government (NUG) and the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) of Myanmar. Now is the time for this meeting to be hastened and its progress made public,” Saifuddin said in a statement.

Saifuddin said, the ASEAN Summit this November will need to make a big decision on whether the 5PC is to be continued, can it be improved or to create something new.

In another development he said, after having met with various key stakeholders (including NUG and NUCC) and with these ongoing efforts, I am of the opinion that ASEAN needs to have a Framework that has an end game and lay out the matters/processes required to achieve that end game.

“The end game is a democratic, inclusive and just, peaceful and harmonious, prosperous Myanmar with its civil and political rights are guaranteed by the Constitution.

“This is to be followed by an inclusive and fair consultation by all key stakeholders. They need to sit together to find a way to implement this Framework, including on matters/processes such as a fair and transparent humanitarian aid, transition plans and implementing parties (ceasefire, stabilization and transition), a People’s Constitution and an election that is free and agreed by all.

“ASEAN should be the facilitator together with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer and with the participation and support from the international community to realize the Framework,” Saifuddin said. – Malaysia World News

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