Indonesian, Japanese foreign ministers discuss situation in Myanmar

Indonesian, Japanese foreign ministers discuss situation in Myanmar

A man flashes the three-finger salute as he passes burning tires during a protest against the military coup, in Mandalay, Myanmar April 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY (REUTERS/STRINGER)

Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi engaged in a telephonic conversation with her Japanese counterpart, Motegi Toshimitsu, on Thursday, to discuss the situation in Myanmar.

During the 40-minute discussion, Minister Motegi expressed Japan's ongoing support for ASEAN's initiatives, including the activities of a special envoy of the ASEAN Chair to be nominated and the humanitarian assistance.

Minister Marsudi and her Japanese counterpart concurred on continuing to work in close coordination to address the situation in Myanmar.


As published by the Japanese Foreign Ministry's official website, Minister Motegi highlighted the importance of releasing detainees.


At the onset, Minister Motegi highlighted the importance of implementing the "Five-Point Consensus" recently announced at the ASEAN Leader's Meeting.

The Five-Point Consensus on Myanmar's situation stipulated in the Chairman's Statement on the ASEAN Leaders' Meeting on April 24, 2021, included "there shall be immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar and all parties shall exercise utmost restraint".

The second point states "constructive dialogue among all parties concerned shall commence to seek a peaceful solution in the interests of the people," while according to the third point, "a special envoy of the ASEAN Chair shall facilitate mediation of the dialogue process, with the assistance of the SecretaryGeneral of ASEAN".


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The fourth point of the consensus mentions that "ASEAN shall provide humanitarian assistance through the AHA Centre", while the fifth point states that "the special envoy and delegation shall visit Myanmar to meet with all parties concerned".

On Wednesday, Minister Motegi also held a telephonic discussion with Brunei's Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof during which they spoke on matters pertaining to the outcome of his visit to Myanmar.

In response, Minister Marsudi elaborated on the ASEAN initiatives as well as Indonesia's related engagement.

This year, shortly after the military coup occurred on February 1, 2021, Myanmar bore witness to a string of large-scale demonstrations against the coup.

Protesters in Myanmar demanded the prompt release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and recognition of her National League for Democracy's (NLD's) victory in the second parliamentary elections held on October 29, 2020.

Following the coup, Myanmar's military seized power, while Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders were placed in detention.

Apart from discussing the Myanmar issue, Minister Marsudi and Motegi also exchanged views on cooperation to combat COVID-19 and the recent regional situations, including in the East China Sea and South China Sea.
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