Malaysia calls for an end to the Myanmar crisis in advance of Asean 2025 Chairmanship

KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reiterated Malaysia’s calls for an immediate end to violence and political marginalisation of the people in Myanmar, and the adherence to the Five-Point Consensus.

As Malaysia prepares to be the Asean Chair in 2025, Prime Minister Mahathir said that the nation would work with other Asean members states and dialogue partners who influence Myanmar, for peace and more effective humanitarian mechanisms, as well as the eventual engagement of all relevant parties.

The crisis in Myanmar is a difficult one to deal with, considering the death toll, the displacement of people and the fighting.

“Asean’s message must be delivered with a united voice.” When there are good reasons to believe that a state member is violating Asean Charter’s spirit, failing to act is a breach of our moral duties,” he said in his keynote speech at the 37th Asia-Pacific Roundtable, organised by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies.

Anwar stated that Asean should facilitate and offer assistance through different methods to Myanmar.

Asean will only be able to facilitate efforts if the Myanmar parties are willing. This does not mean we shouldn’t try more innovative, multi-faceted approaches. The status quo does not remain static.

The long and difficult discussions about the future of Myanmar are just beginning among the different stakeholders.

“This could include the possibility of a system similar to federation.” “While it’s not our job to decide what’s best for the people in Myanmar, we, as friends and neighbours are obliged to do what we can to facilitate,” he said.

Malaysia has been the Asean Chairmanship four times: in 1977, 1997 and 2005.

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