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ASEAN Special Envoy: Three Points of Consensus Show Progress in Myanmar

PHNOM PENH: The ASEAN Special Envoy on Myanmar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn, said that the Myanmar military government has demonstrated progress on the implementation of three points of the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus.

Speaking at a press conference on the ASEAN Special Envoy’s trip to Myanmar, Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn outlined the three points of consensus that the Myanmar military government is in the process of implementing: ending violence, distributing humanitarian aid and starting a political dialogue.

He said, "These three points are currently in progress, none of them have been completed or achieved yet. […] First, ending the violence takes time, as I have stated, so the parties in Myanmar are not ready to negotiate the end of fighting, as long as they are determined to do so. I urge the city of Nay Pyi Taw to exercise the utmost restraint, not to use military force when it is not necessary, and for civilians not to use military forces ether, but to use police force."

He said that so far, despite Myanmar's military government negotiating a peace agreement with nearly 20 armed groups, seven ethnic groups are still at war with the Myanmar government.

"Seven teams continue to fight, while among these seven, there are three teams with large forces. This battle is not new, it has been going on for about 70 years since 1948." he said.

The ASEAN Special Envoy also reiterated his commitment to providing non-discriminatory humanitarian assistance to the Myanmar military government.

During his visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar from 21-23 March, the ASEAN Special Envoy met with members of the military government and the Revolutionary Youth Group, but did not meet with members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party.

The ASEAN Five-Point consensus was agreed upon on April 2021 in Indonesia. The five points of consensus include: the end of violence, the organization of constructive dialogue among stakeholders, the delivery of humanitarian aid, the appointment of special envoys to facilitate talks, and the allowance of ASEAN special envoys to enter this country.        

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