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    ASEAN looks to assist Myanmar in reaching peaceful solution

    Azlan Othman

    The proposed appointment by ASEAN Member States for the Special Envoy of the ASEAN Chair to Myanmar and the release of all political prisoners, including women and children and foreigners were highlighted during a working visit by Chairman of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof and Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi to Myanmar on June 4-5.

    The visit was a follow-up to the Five-Point Consensus reached by the ASEAN Leaders Meeting on April 24.

    According to the ASEAN Secretariat, the working visit aimed to discuss how ASEAN could assist Myanmar in reaching a peaceful solution in the interests of its people through the effective and timely implementation of the Five-Point Consensus, particularly the appointment and role of the Special Envoy of the ASEAN Chair on Myanmar as well as how ASEAN could assist in facilitating constructive dialogue among all parties in Myanmar and provide ASEAN’s humanitarian assistance to Myanmar.

    The delegation called on Chairman of the State Administrative Council Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and met Minister of Foreign Affairs Wunna Maung Lwin, Chairman of the Union Election Commission Thein Soe, and Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Thet Thet Khine, as well as ASEAN Heads of Mission in Myanmar.

    Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi also met representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation in Myanmar and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) Myanmar.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof during a meeting with Myanmar Armed Forces Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Naypyidaw. PHOTO: AFP

    Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan stressed on the importance of the effective and timely implementation of the Five-Point Consensus and welcomed the extension of the ceasefire by the Tatmadaw.

    He iterated that ASEAN can facilitate in the constructive dialogues among all parties in Myanmar.

    Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi also raised the possibility of providing humanitarian assistance to Myanmar through the AHA Centre, in cooperation with international irganisations and NGOs.

    The delegation welcomed the renewed commitment of Myanmar in maintaining open and effective communication channels, with a view to implement the recommendations of the Preliminary Needs Assessment, and the resumption of ASEAN collective humanitarian efforts in the Rakhine state.

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