Labuan Bajo, NTT (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) emphasized that issues related to the current situation in Myanmar should not hinder efforts to accelerate development of the ASEAN community.

President Jokowi considers that the ASEAN community has long been waiting for community development.

"What I want to ensure is that the issue of Myanmar should not hinder the acceleration of development of the ASEAN community," Jokowi stated here on Thursday.

President Jokowi made this statement while opening the 42nd ASEAN Summit Retreat Session at the Meruorah Convention Center, Labuan Bajo.

Earlier, ASEAN member countries expressed support for Indonesia's efforts to continue dialogue with various stakeholders in Myanmar through a joint statement released on Wednesday.

Through this declaration, member countries also support President Jokowi's statement in response to the attacks recently experienced by the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management (AHA Centre) and the ASEAN monitoring team in Myanmar.

"We support the efforts of the ASEAN Chairs, including Indonesia's efforts in continuing the engagement of stakeholders in Myanmar and encouraging progress on the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus," the statement read.

Jokowi, on Monday (May 8), also stressed that the attack on the AHA Center entourage and the ASEAN monitoring team would not dampen the determination of Indonesia and the ASEAN to continue calling for an end to the violence in Myanmar.

Myanmar's security situation has worsened since the military in February 2021 brought down the elected government, led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, in a coup.

ASEAN has urged the junta to implement a Five-Point Consensus peace plan agreed in April 2021 that calls for a cessation of violence, dialogue with all stakeholders, and permitting the provision of humanitarian assistance to the people of Myanmar.

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Translator: Gilang Galiartha, Katriana
Editor: Tia Mutiasari
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