Myanmar Junta Implements 5-Point Consensus With ASEAN This Year


Myanmar’s military leader, senior general Min Aung Hlaing, said on Monday that a number of points of a consensus reached between the junta and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to end the ongoing crisis in the country are year will be carried out.

In his state television speech, Min Aung Hlaing referred to the consensus he reached with ASEAN leaders last April, calling for an immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar and the dispatch of an ASEAN envoy to the country to all parties involved.

Screenshot shows Myanmar military leader, senior general Min Aung Hlaing, giving a televised address on August 1, 2022. (TBEN)

Min Aung Hlaing said the military — which overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup in February 2021 — was unable to implement the so-called five-point consensus last year due to “lack of stability” due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. and ‘internal riots and violence’.

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“This year, as all situations are underway, the most possible points of the five ASEAN consensus will be implemented under ASEAN frameworks,” he said.

Although ASEAN’s Special Envoy, Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, visited Myanmar twice, in March and June this year, the essential points of the consensus remain unfulfilled as conflict and violence across the country persist.

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Prak Sokhonn was not allowed to meet Suu Kyi and other detained elected leaders.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Min Aung Hlaing’s speech followed Sunday’s official announcement of extending the state of emergency for another six months in a “unanimous” decision by the country’s National Defense and Security Council, in which he is the most influential member.

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He told the council that the move is necessary to continue working for stability and peace and to work towards holding general elections to return the country to the multi-party system.

Min Aung Hlaing saw opposition groups as obstacles to the implementation of the junta’s political and security goals, claiming that “internal and external terrorists” and their conspirators are committed to the “total destruction” of the country.

More than 2,100 civilians have been killed since last year’s coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a Thailand-based human rights group.