Thailand Proposes a Core Group to Address the Situation in Myanmar

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has proposed the establishment of a core group, or the “Friends of the Chair,” to help coordinate ASEAN’s efforts in addressing the situation in Myanmar.


As the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Thailand, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister on 24 April 2021 attended the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta. The meeting was chaired by His Majesty Sultan Hassnal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam, the current ASEAN Chair. It was the first time that ASEAN Leaders was able to meet in person in over a year since the outbreak of COVID-19.


At the meeting, Thailand also suggested the ‘D4D’ concept as the way forward for Myanmar, namely 1) de-escalating violence, 2) delivering humanitarian assistance, 3) discharge of detainees, and 4) dialogue, all of which will contribute to development in Myanmar.


The meeting demonstrated ASEAN’s collective efforts in achieving a peaceful resolution as well as maintaining regional peace and stability. It emphasized the importance of ASEAN’s constructive role in assisting Myanmar to return to normalcy.


The meeting discussed progress of the ASEAN Community and expressed full support to Brunei’s ASEAN Chairmanship under the theme “We care, We prepare, We prosper.”


It also reiterated the importance of strengthening ASEAN cooperation on COVID-19 response and welcomed Brunei’s and Myanmar’s contribution of USD 100,000 each to the ASEAN COVID-19 Response Fund.


In this regard, Thailand proposed that ASEAN consider adopting the BCG (Bio-Circular-Green) Economy Model as an alternative strategy for the region’s post-COVID recovery.


Brunei Darussalam, as the Chair of ASEAN, also issued the Chairman’s Statement attached by the 5-point consensus as follows: (1) the immediate cessation of violence and the exercise of restraints by all sides; (2) constructive dialogue among all parties concerned; (3) a special envoy of the ASEAN Chair to facilitate mediation process (4) humanitarian assistance through the AHA Centre, or the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management; and (5) the special envoy and delegation’s visit to Myanmar to meet with all parties concerned.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department


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