JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) urged Myanmar‘ military leaders to stop the violence and keep the peace around the region. The ministers also asked Myanmar may consider a proposal for the secretary-general of ASEAN and the chair of ASEAN to visit Myanmar and have access to all parties involved.
The statement released after the virtual informal meeting led by foreign minister of Brunei Darussalam, Dato Erywan, and also attended by Myanmar military-appointed foreign minister, Wunna Maung Lwin. While, foreign minister of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi delivered three important issues at the meeting.
First, safety and welfare of the Myanmar people and not using force and violence. Then, restoration of democracy must continue to be encouraged. And, internal communication and dialogue in Myanmar is the best choice but ASEAN is ready to facilitate if needed.
After the meeting, Malaysia’ foreign minister, Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, in an official statement released on Tuesday (03/02), political stability amongst the ASEAN member is essential to achieving a peaceful, stable, and prosperous ASEAN Community
“Our strong support for Myanmar’ democratic transition, peace process and inclusive economic development is unwavering. However, this cannot be at the expense of the common good of all in the ASEAN region,” he said.
On Malaysia’ part, he continued, remain with conviction that the resolution to the political deadlock in Myanmar is a domestic-led process. However, he hope that Myanmar also considers the concerns raised by the ASEAN member constructively and its crucial for Myanmar to strive for a solution to the political crisis in a way that upholds the will and aspiration of the people of Myanmar.
He said, Malaysia will support any effort to reconcile the differences among Myanmar’ leaders to avoid adverse consequences to the people and the state of Myanmar. Malaysia also calls for the prompt and unconditional release of detained political leaders in Myanmar, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Win Myint and their associates, and encourages dialogue between parties concerned.
“We urge all relevant parties to continue exercising restraint from the use of violence against unarmed civilians. We are deeply concerned over the loss of innocent lives and injuries during the ongoing situation in Myanmar. It is our sincere hope that Myanmar will provide the necessary space for peaceful assemblies as well as freedom of speech and expression to be exercised by its citizens,” adds by Hussein.
Based on the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners data, 30 people have been killed and more than 1,214 have been detained by the police and security forces since the military coup in Myanmar. The Myanmar-based human rights group, reported that a total of 913 people are either being detained or charged, including four of whom have been convicted by the court.
Still according to the AAPP, protesters and journalists in Yangon were met with rubber bullets and tear gas during the anti-coup protest on Monday. Then, about 100 people were arrested across the country.
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