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UN Special Envoy: PM Hun Sen Has Played Important Role in International Affairs After Positive Developments in Myanmar

PHNOM PENH: The new UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy, Noeleen Hayzer, commended Prime Minister Hun Sen for a successful visit to Myanmar, and said that going forward, it is expected that he will be able to work with the United Nations to find other solutions in the region.

On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Hun Sen had a conversation with Special Envoy, Noeleen Hayzer, via video conference, during which she raised a number of issues on Myanmar's progress and future direction for a solution to the ongoing crisis.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Hun Sen stated that the Myanmar issue cannot continue to be stuck as it is, and must find a way to break the stalemate and seize the opportunity to negotiate.

The Minister Delegate Attached to the Prime Minister, Kao Kim Hourn, told reporters after the meeting that Prime Minister Hun Sen had stressed that the Myanmar issue could not be resolved by either one party, and demanded the involvement of other stakeholders, including the United Nations.

In response, Special Envoy Noeleen Hayzer stated her support to Prime Minister Hun Sen, stressed the importance of ASEAN in resolving regional issues and pledged to work with the 2022 ASEAN Chair to improve the situation in Myanmar.

Minister Kao Kim Hourn stated, “Prime Minister Hun Sen and Noeleen Hayzer agree on the need for urgent work, especially on the cessation of hostilities, the cessation of violence and the provision of assistance, and dialogue with all stakeholders. Noeleen Hayzer really thanked the Prime Minister because what he is doing is really important because the United Nations sees the important role of regional organizations, especially ASEAN."

The crisis in Myanmar stems from the military coup that took place on 1 February 2021, which saw the arrest of State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myin and other ruling party officials, by the Myanmar Armed Forces who declared they would not recognize the November 2020 election results, and then handed over the leadership of the country to the Commander-in-Chief of the National Army, General Min Aung Hlaing.

The coup has sparked widespread protests in Myanmar as many armed groups oppose this military regime. Myanmar continues to face one of the longest running civil wars in the world.

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Myanmar on 7-8 January provided a positive signal for the resumption of peace talks in the country. The Prime Minister has called on ASEAN to establish two more mechanisms: a ceasefire coordination mechanism, and an aid mechanism to maintain a stable situation which paves the way for the provision of further aid to the country.

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