Singapore expresses concern about situation in Myanmar, one year after coup
SINGAPORE — Singapore remains deeply concerned about the situation in Myanmar, a year after the military coup, and expressed disappointment over the lack of progress in implementing the Asean “five-point consensus”.
On the one-year anniversary of the Feb 1 coup, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) noted that conditions for the people in Myanmar continue to deteriorate.
“We urge the Myanmar military authorities to swiftly and fully implement the five-point consensus, including by facilitating the Special Envoy’s visit to Myanmar to meet with all the parties concerned,” the ministry said in a statement.
Cambodia is the Asean chair this year and has nominated Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn as Asean’s special envoy on Myanmar.
Myanmar has been mired in political conflict since the military seized power, triggering massive demonstrations that have since morphed into armed insurgency in various parts of the country. At least 320,000 people have been displaced nationwide and millions are at risk of poverty and hunger.
Under an Asean “five-point consensus” hammered out in April last year, the special envoy is tasked with meeting and helping to facilitate constructive dialogue among all parties concerned in Myanmar’s political crisis. The blueprint also calls for violence to cease, and for humanitarian aid to be facilitated.
Asean member states last October resolved to limit Myanmar to a “non-political representative” at its meetings pending significant progress on its blueprint. As a result, Myanmar was not represented at several of the grouping’s summits last year.
Singapore’s MFA also called for the release of all political detainees including former president Win Myint, deposed state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and foreign detainees.
The MFA also urged the Myanmar military authorities to avoid actions that would be inimical to eventual national reconciliation in Myanmar.
“Singapore remains committed to supporting Asean’s efforts in alleviating the humanitarian situation in Myanmar,” said the MFA.
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