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President Jokowi Encourages Tactical Efforts to Resolve Conflict in Myanmar

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Jakarta- President Jokowi encouraged ASEAN countries to take tactical steps and extra efforts to resolve the crisis in Myanmar.

“We need more tactical and extraordinary efforts to implement 5PC,” said the President

The President reminded that the Five Point Consensus is a collective effort by ASEAN as a family which was agreed upon by ASEAN leaders in Jakarta on April 24 2021.

ASEAN’s five-point consensus on Myanmar includes an immediate end to violence; organizing dialogue between all parties; appointment of special envoys; allow humanitarian assistance from ASEAN; and allowing special envoys to visit Myanmar to meet with all parties.

President Jokowi continued, Indonesia has carried out 145 approaches with 70 stakeholders over the last 9 months.

“And Indonesia sees that trust is starting to emerge between one stakeholder and another, except with the military junta,” said the President

He also believes that now is the right moment to encourage inclusive national dialogue as the key to resolving the political crisis there.

Not only that, ASEAN humanitarian aid channeled through the AHA center continues to be provided, although the process is still very long.

“Therefore, for the sake of the ASEAN family, we must have the courage to evaluate ourselves, discuss problems openly and find solutions together,” explained the President.

Previously, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi admitted that the Myanmar issue was still homework for the bloc. ASEAN, according to him, will fully progress if this crisis is over.

For information, at the 43rd Summit in Jakarta on 5-7 September 2023, Myanmar was not invited to attend. This was due to political and security turmoil resulting from the coup carried out by the Military Junta.

Myanmar has never been invited or banned from attending senior level meetings in ASEAN for almost two years, including meetings of ASEAN foreign ministers and heads of government.

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