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BANGKOK, April 22 – ASEAN can play a constructive role to help Myanmar in the best way possible to peacefully resolve the present crisis and swiftly return to normalcy for the benefit of the people.
Thailand ‘s Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat said it is the region’s utmost interest to see peace and stability prevailing in Myanmar.
“It is up to ASEAN members including Myanmar to safeguard ASEAN unity and credibility,” he said at a conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, here, today.
Tanee said Thailand stands ready to assist Myanmar with reconciliation and in finding peaceful resolutions to the present conflicts as a sincere and honest broker.
“All ASEAN member countries including Thailand shared the views that the immediate priorities for Myanmar are to halt violence and de-escalate the situation.
“Secondly, it is vital to find opportunities for all parties in Myanmar to seek peaceful solutions through dialogues via any constructive channels,” he said.
Tanee said the special ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta this Saturday would provide opportunities for ASEAN leaders to discuss important regional and international issues, including the situation in Myanmar and how to make ASEAN stronger and resilient in the post COVID-19.
The special meeting is unprecedented in the 54-year history of the organisation as it is the first time that ASEAN meets at the highest level to address a situation of concern in a fellow member state.
Myanmar junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing, who led the Feb 1st coup, is expected to attend the meeting. Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be among the ASEAN leaders who will be attending this crucial meeting.
Meanwhile, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha will not be attending the special meeting, and Thailand will be represented by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.
Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul said Prayuth would not be able to attend the meeting due to the current COVID-19 situation in the kingdom.
She also said Prayuth commended Indonesia’s role to push forward the ASEAN Summit to be held at the ASEAN Secretariat.
“Prayuth said Thailand stands ready to endorse and take action in accordance with the special meeting resolution,” she said in a statement.