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ASEAN Calls for a Halt to Violence over Myanmar Conflict

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KBRN, Jakarta: Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are calling on all parties to immediately stop violence, exercise restraint, and realise peace along the border areas of Myanmar and Thailand. "Take all necessary measures to ease tensions and ensure peace, protection and safety of all civilians, including foreign nationals and citizens of ASEAN member states," said a joint statement of ASEAN Foreign Ministers received by Indonesia Window here on Thursday (18/4/2024).


ASEAN Foreign Ministers expressed concern over Myanmar's conflicts including in Rakhine State, Myanmar which caused the displacement of civilians. ASEAN does not want any further humanitarian impact due to the escalation of all forms of conflict. "We call on all parties to take urgent measures to mitigate the impact of the conflict on civilians, including creating a safe and conducive environment," the statement said.


Ensuring the timely and safe delivery of humanitarian aid to all those in need in Myanmar without discrimination was also stressed by the regional organisation. It also called for mobilisation of support for humanitarian negotiation efforts to address the humanitarian consequences in Myanmar and an inclusive national dialogue towards a durable and comprehensive political solution in Myanmar.


ASEAN reaffirmed its commitment to assist Myanmar in finding a solution by helping to create a conducive environment through the full and speedy implementation of the Five-Point Consensus as a whole. This is because the Five-Point Consensus is considered important in helping the people of Myanmar achieve an inclusive and durable peace for peace, security and stability in the region. "We support the ongoing efforts of the AHA Centre, as well as Thailand's cross-border humanitarian initiatives, which are in line with the Five-Point Consensus and coordinated with the ASEAN Chair through the ASEAN Chair's Special Envoy for Myanmar," the statement said.


25 Rohingya civilians were killed and thousands more forced to flee their homes due to the Myanmar Military Junta's attacks last weekend. The attacks in Rakhine state were carried out through airstrikes and heavy artillery. (Daniel).


Source: Antara

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