Home Myanmar Watch Asean delegation must meet with all relevant parties in Myanmar

Asean delegation must meet with all relevant parties in Myanmar

Failure to meet with all relevant parties risks lending legitimacy to the junta and undermines the enormous effort and sacrifice made by the people of Myanmar

Myanmar military - Photograph: Wikipedia

Join us on Telegram and Instagram for the latest.

The Special Advisory Council for Myanmar (SAC-M) says that the Asean delegation currently in Myanmar must uphold its mandate to meet with ALL relevant parties, including the National Unity Government and the democracy movement.

On 3 June 2021, an Asean delegation – including Asean Chairman Erywan Pehin Yosuf, Minister of Foreign Affairs II of Brunei Darussalam, and Asean Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi – arrived in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, to engage in dialogue with the military junta.

The SAC-M reminds the delegation that it has a mandate from the UN Security Council, as well as from Asean itself, to engage in dialogue with all relevant parties in Myanmar.

The relevant parties include the National Unity Government, the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the National League for Democracy and ethnic political parties, the Civil Disobedience Movement and the general strike committees, as well as the junta.

Failure to meet with all relevant parties risks lending legitimacy to the junta and undermines the enormous effort and sacrifice made by the people of Myanmar to resist the junta’s violent and unlawful attempt to seize power.

For its part, the junta has repeatedly demonstrated that its sole aim is to ensure and perpetuate its primacy as an undisputed, militarised, dictatorial force. For months it has led a concerted process of killings and terror on a scale deemed necessary to forcibly maintain the most undemocratic form of social political order, which has only hardened the people’s resolve not to submit to military rule.

Despite having taken the lead role amongst the international community in responding to the crisis in Myanmar, Asean has so far failed to meaningfully address the situation. By dismissing the consensus reached at April’s Asean leaders meeting, the junta has treated Asean’s previous attempt to engage with contempt.

READ MORE:  People, protests, power

Asean’s wavering amounts to it being possibly an accessory to perpetrating the coup d’etat. Together, Asean’s vacillation and the junta’s intransigence put the lives of the people of Myanmar in further acute jeopardy, foreseeing the risk of many more deaths to come, which both Asean and the junta will be morally, politically and legally accountable for. – SAC-M

Thanks for dropping by! The views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed reflect Aliran's official stand. Views and opinions expressed in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

Our voluntary writers work hard to keep these articles free for all to read. But we do need funds to support our struggle for Justice, Freedom and Solidarity. To maintain our editorial independence, we do not carry any advertisements; nor do we accept funding from dubious sources. If everyone reading this was to make a donation, our fundraising target for the year would be achieved within a week. So please consider making a donation to Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara, CIMB Bank account number 8004240948.

Most Read