No ‘meaningful progress’ in implementing ASEAN’s five-point consensus on Myanmar (PM Lee to PM Hun Sen)

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“Prime Minister Lee said that until there is meaningful progress in implementing the five-point consensus, ASEAN should stick to its decision made at the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits in ‘to invite a non-political representative of Myanmar to ASEAN meetings,’ the foreign ministry said. .

“Any discussion to revise the ASEAN leaders’ decision had to be based on new facts. Prime Minister Lee stressed the need for the ASEAN Chairman to engage all relevant parties, including the Tatmadaw and the National League for Democracy (NLD),” the ministry added.

“The Tatmadaw had proposed a ceasefire with armed ethnic organizations only, but the call for an end to violence in the five-point consensus also referred, and indeed primarily, to violence against political opponents. and the civilians of the Tatmadaw.”

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Just days after Mr. Hun Sen’s visit, new attacks were launched by the Tatmadaw against his political opponents and additional prison terms were imposed on Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, Mr. Lee noted.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the Cambodian prime minister also made proposals on how to coordinate a ceasefire in Myanmar and provide humanitarian aid to the people.

Mr Lee said he was not sure what role ASEAN or the ASEAN President’s special envoy to Myanmar could play in coordinating a ceasefire since “we don’t We didn’t even have access to all the parts,” according to the MFA.

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“However, Singapore had no principled objection to such a mechanism if it could help end the violence,” the MFA added.

Mr. Lee said it was necessary for the delivery of humanitarian aid to progress, with the participation of the ASEAN Coordination Center for Humanitarian Disaster Management (AHA Center) and with the cooperation of the Tatmadaw.

He agreed that the proposals raised by Cambodia should be discussed further between foreign ministers and senior ASEAN officials.

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“Prime Minister Lee hoped that Cambodia would consider his views and those of other ASEAN leaders,” the MFA said.

“He reaffirmed Singapore’s commitment to work with Cambodia and other ASEAN member states on the full implementation of the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus and relevant ASEAN decisions.”

Mr. Lee also reaffirmed Singapore’s support for Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship and thanked Mr. Hun Sen for the briefing.

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