PM Lee tells Asean chair he sees little progress on Myanmar’s 5-Level Consensus

PM Lee tells Asean chair he sees little progress on Myanmar’s 5-Level Consensus

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has instructed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose nation is the present Asean chair, that the bloc ought to invite solely “a non-political consultant from Myanmar” to attend its conferences till important progress has been made to implement Asean’s 5-Level Consensus.
Mr Lee obtained a video name on Friday (Jan 14) from Mr Hun Sen, who briefed the Singapore chief on Cambodia’s Asean chairmanship priorities and agenda for 2022, stated a press release from Singapore’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs (MFA) on Saturday.
“Prime Minister Lee reaffirmed Singapore’s help for Cambodia’s Asean chairmanship and thanked Prime Minister Hun Sen for the briefing on his current go to to Myanmar,” the assertion stated.

“Prime Minister Lee famous that there had not been any important progress within the implementation of Asean’s 5-Level Consensus since its adoption on April 24, 2021 at a gathering on the Asean Secretariat in Jakarta between Asean leaders and Senior Normal Min Aung Hlaing,” the MFA stated.
The 5-Level Consensus referred to as for a cessation of violence, humanitarian help to Myanmar and an inclusive dialogue {that a} particular Asean envoy would assist facilitate.
“Prime Minister Lee expressed his view that till there was important progress in implementing the 5-Level Consensus, Asean ought to preserve its determination reached on the thirty eighth and thirty ninth Asean Summits of inviting a non-political consultant from Myanmar to Asean conferences.

“Any dialogue to revise the Asean Leaders’ determination needed to be primarily based on new info,” the MFA assertion added.

Mr Hun Sen visited Myanmar on Jan 7 and eight, changing into the primary international chief to go to Myanmar for the reason that junta seized energy in a coup practically a yr in the past. He met Gen Min Aung Hlaing.
Cambodia is the Asean chair this yr beneath the 10-member regional group’s rotating association.
The go to by Mr Hun Sen has raised issues that it might legitimise Gen Min Aung Hlaing, who was shut out of current Asean summits. Mr Hun Sen has stated he wished to assist Myanmar keep away from a civil battle.

The junta has been engaged in intensifying battles with armed teams, with greater than 1,400 folks killed.
Greater than 220,000 folks have been displaced by armed battle and unrest for the reason that coup, in line with the United Nations.
Malaysian Overseas Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Thursday criticised the Cambodian Prime Minister for taking unilateral motion in assembly the chief of Myanmar’s junta.
“We might anticipate that he may have no less than consulted – if not all – a number of of his brother leaders as to what he ought to say,” Datuk Seri Saifuddin instructed reporters on Thursday night, referring to leaders of the regional bloc, of which Myanmar is a member.
“Not that we try to show him, however usually the Asean chairs seek the advice of the others anytime you need to do one thing that’s thought-about important.”

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