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    Thai & Indonesian Foreign Ministers Meet Myanmar Counterpart To Discuss Peace Solutio

    Myanmar’s military-appointed Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin met his Indonesian and Thai counterparts on Wednesday in Bangkok, where they discussed ways to seek a peaceful solution to the political crisis in Myanmar.


    Disclosing to reporters the three-way meeting that took place at Don Mueang airport, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said she asked the Myanmar official to “prioritise the safety and wellbeing” of his country’s people.


    “The safety and wellbeing of the Myanmarese people must be protected. Their wishes must be heard,” Retno told a virtual press conference upon her arrival in Jakarta from Bangkok.


    The minister said she spoke in the 20-minute meeting “about the importance for all ASEAN member states to respect the principles stipulated in the ASEAN Charter and I keep delivering this message loudly and clearly.”


    She was referring to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, whose charter affirms in its preamble the adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and good governance, and respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.


    Retno also stressed to him “the importance to give humanitarian access and visits to political detainees.”


    After the gathering of the three, the Thai Foreign Ministry said it also insists on supporting peace and stability in Myanmar and hopes to see the situation improve for the sake of the country’s people.


    “It was also a good opportunity for Thailand to directly listen to Myanmar about issues that Myanmar prioritizes, as well as exchanging opinions on issues important to the people for both countries,” said Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat.


    The foreign ministers from Thailand and Indonesia also discussed the possibility of holding an informal meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers in August, which would be the forum’s first in-person gathering in more than a year since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.


    The military-appointed foreign minister of Myanmar was in Thailand on the first visit abroad by a senior Myanmar official since the military seized power in a coup on 1st February.


    His visit came as Indonesia is pushing for a special ASEAN foreign ministerial session to discuss the Myanmar situation.


    According to Retno, Thailand has “a special position” because it has a 2,400-kilometre land border with Myanmar and about 2 million people from Myanmar live in Thailand.


    Earlier, during her bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, both sides agreed that Myanmar is an important ASEAN member and that ASEAN “can be a platform for constructive dialogue between Myanmar and other ASEAN member states.”


    Before visiting Thailand, Retno had a series of talks in the past few days with the foreign ministers of fellow Asean members Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, as well as with those of Australia, Britain, China, India, Japan and the United States.


    She said she will have talks on Thursday with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.


    “This shuttle diplomacy is surely not easy to do during the times of pandemic, but Indonesia has to do it because there are some principles that must be respected. Indonesia chooses not to stay silent. To do nothing is not an option,” she said.


    Wunna Maung Lwin replaced Aung San Suu Kyi as foreign minister after the coup. Suu Kyi, who doubled in that capacity while being Myanmar’s de facto leader, remains in detention.


    The ouster of the elected government has sparked daily demonstrations across the Southeast Asian nation, with protesters demanding that Suu Kyi and other detained political figures be released. A general strike on Monday shut many businesses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The safety and wellbeing of the Myanmarese people must be protected.
    Burmese

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
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    Whatever you call them, their human rights still need to be acknowledged and respected.
    ASEAN needs to act as a bloc on this issue, otherwise it just becomes a talking shop.

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    I hope he had a covid test!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    their human rights still need to be acknowledged and respected.
    Without a doubt, did not suggest otherwise. Unfortunately, however, Myanmar has Chinese backing, and a history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Without a doubt, did not suggest otherwise. Unfortunately, however, Myanmar has Chinese backing, and a history.
    That's because the military will sell anything to the chinkies and fuck the people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    Whatever you call them, their human rights still need to be acknowledged and respected.
    ASEAN needs to act as a bloc on this issue, otherwise it just becomes a talking shop.

    These meetings appear to be reflective of a twisted pot calling the kettle black scenario.
    It's subtly amusing a best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Suu Kyi, who doubled in that capacity while being Myanmar’s de facto leader
    She was de facto a "State Counsellor". The clauses are available on the Myanmar Constitution website previously linked to.

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    Chair’s Statement on the Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (IAMM)

    2 March 2021

    "The Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (IAMM) was convened on 2 March 2021 via videoconference, with the view to progress the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, work on an ASEAN Community post-2025 vision, advance ASEAN’s initiatives to respond to and recover from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, discuss ASEAN’s external relations, as well as exchange views on pressing regional issues of concern.

    In pursuit of strengthening our regional solidarity, we reiterated that the political stability in ASEAN Member States is essential to achieving a peaceful, stable and prosperous ASEAN Community. We underscored the need to maintain our unity, Centrality, and relevance in the region and to collectively address common challenges. We recognised that the strength of the ASEAN Community lies in putting people at its centre. In this regard, we recall the purposes and principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, including adherence to the rule of law, good governance, the principles of democracy and constitutional government, respect for fundamental freedoms, and the promotion and protection of human rights.


    We noted the current progress on developing an ASEAN Community post-2025 vision and acknowledged the importance of continuity in this multi-year endeavour, such as having it co-chaired by a permanent shepherd for the duration of the visioning exercise together with the incumbent ASEAN Chair. We also agreed that the development of this vision should be pursued in a comprehensive, pragmatic, balanced, inclusive and coordinated manner across the three ASEAN Community pillars, sectoral bodies and with the relevant stakeholders, including at the Leaders’ level.


    We reaffirmed our support for Brunei Darussalam’s priorities and deliverables under the theme of “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper”, and agreed to develop a Strategic and Holistic Initiative to Link ASEAN Responses to Emergencies and Disasters (ASEAN SHIELD) across the three ASEAN Community pillars. We reaffirmed our belief that regionalism and multilateralism are important principles and frameworks of cooperation.


    We discussed ASEAN’s collective response to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and reiterated our commitment to implement the initiatives in the Implementation Plan of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework in a timely and effective manner. We welcomed the establishment of the Task Force on the Operationalisation of the ASEAN Travel Corridor Arrangement Framework (ATCAF) and encouraged the expeditious conclusion of the ATCAF. We welcomed the decision to utilise USD 10.5 million from the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund to procure vaccines for the people of ASEAN as soon as possible. We encouraged the early operationalisation of the ASEAN Regional Reserve of Medical Supplies for Public Health Emergencies and the timely establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Public Health Emergencies and Emerging Diseases. We noted efforts to address the impacts of the pandemic on ASEAN’s Community building as well as efforts to narrow the development gap in the region.


    We agreed to maintain ASEAN’s proactive and outward-looking approach in the conduct of ASEAN’s external relations based on shared interest, constructive engagements, and mutual benefits, which can contribute to ASEAN’s Communitybuilding and development cooperation efforts, as well as efforts to ensure swift, comprehensive, and sustainable regional recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We underscored the importance of further strengthening ASEAN Centrality and unity in our engagement with ASEAN’s external partners through ASEAN-led mechanisms in order to build mutual trust and confidence as well as to reinforce open, transparent, inclusive, and rules-based regional architecture with ASEAN at the centre. In this regard, we looked forward to convening the Special ASEANUnited States Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in the near future, and other engagements with external partners. We also looked forward to activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations as well as the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Relations.


    We exchanged views on regional and international issues of concern, including the situation in the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula. We underscored the need to maintain our unity, Centrality and relevance in the region and to collectively address common challenges.


    We, as an ASEAN family, have been closely following the current developments in the ASEAN region and concurred that the political stability in any and all ASEAN Member States is essential to achieving a collective peaceful, stable and prosperous ASEAN Community. We expressed our concern on the situation in Myanmar and called on all parties to refrain from instigating further violence, and for all sides to exercise utmost restraint as well as flexibility. We also called on all parties concerned to seek a peaceful solution, through constructive dialogue, and practical reconciliation in the interests of the people and their livelihood. In this regard, we expressed ASEAN’s readiness to assist Myanmar in a positive, peaceful and constructive manner.


    We also heard some calls for the release of political detainees and for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar to engage the parties concerned.


    We also underscored the importance of Myanmar’s continued efforts in addressing the situation in the Rakhine State, including commencing the repatriation process, in voluntary, safe and dignified manner in accordance with its bilateral agreements with Bangladesh. We reiterated our appreciation to the Secretary-General of ASEAN for his efforts in leading the implementation of the recommendations of the Preliminary Needs Assessment (PNA). We looked forward to the conduct of the Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) and encouraged the Secretary-General of ASEAN to continue identifying possible areas to effectively facilitate the repatriation process for displaced persons from Rakhine State."

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