Thailand hopes Asean special envoy can visit Burma soon, advance implementation of five-point consensus

16-Oct-2021 Intellasia | Bernama | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Thailand hopes Asean Special Envoy can visit Myanmar soon and advance the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus agreed upon by Asean.

Director-General of the Information Department and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Tanee Sangrat said Thailand hoped while there Asean Special Envoy to Myanmar Erywan Mohd Yusof will be allowed to meet or have access to the parties concerned.

“This will be an important first step in the process of confidence-building with a goal of encouraging dialogue among the parties concerned in Myanmar as envisioned in the Five-Point Consensus of the Asean Leaders,” he said in a statement.

Tanee was asked to comment on the latest developments regarding the visit to Myanmar of the Special Envoy of the Asean.

Later today, Asean foreign ministers will hold an emergency virtual meeting and most likely will discuss issues relating to Myanmar, among others excluding its chief Min Aung Hlaing from upcoming Asean virtual summit from the October 26 to 28.

Kyodo News, quoting sources, reported that Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia proposed at a high-level Asean meeting that Min Aung Hlaing who led a coup in February 1 that ousted the elected government under civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, not be allowed to participate in the summit if there is no progress in the Five-Point Consensus.

Meanwhile, Tanee said Thailand reiterated its hope to see peace and normalcy restored in Myanmar and call for an end to violence and further release of detainees.

“We continue to urge all parties in Myanmar to engage in dialogue through any constructive channels with a view to achieving peaceful political resolution and work towards a common goal of a democratic transition for the benefit of Myanmar peoples,” he said.

Tanee said Thailand viewed Myanmar as a member of Asean family and believes that Myanmar attaches importance to the Asean family and wants to see a successful Asean.

“We also believe in the collective wisdom of all Asean member states, including Myanmar, to overcome all challenges together in the spirit of the Asean family,” he said.

Tanee said Thailand strongly believed that the international community should continue to place high priority to providing humanitarian assistance to the Myanmar people.

“As a good friend of all Myanmar people, Thailand will continue to do our best to help. In the meantime, we urge all parties in Myanmar to ensure safe and effective delivery of humanitarian assistance, especially those related to public health, to those in need,” he said.

Since the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown by Myanmar’s ruling military led by Senior general Min Aung Hlaing on February 1, there had been internal unrest with nearly 1,000 civilians killed by security forces.


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