U.S Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has recently spoken with Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yussof.
During the discussion, which took place by a phone call, J. Blinken expressed his appreciation for Brunei’s role as the current ASEAN Chair and the minister’s effort as the ASEAN Special Envoy to Burma.
Both the secretary and minister talked about the deteriorating crisis in Burma. They emphasised the urgency for the Burmese military regime to cease violence, including releasing those who have been unjustly detained and restore multiparty democracy and Burma’s democratic transition.
They also reaffirmed the need to hold the Burmese regime accountable to the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus and facilitate a meaningful visit by Foreign Minister II Erywan to Burma to include engagements with all stakeholders.
Finally, Secretary Blinken discussed the Australia-UK-U.S. (AUKUS) trilateral security partnership and its role to sustain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
European Union, the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Timor-Leste, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy also remained deeply concerned about the perilous situation in Myanmar, the growing toll on Myanmar’s people and its deteriorating implications for regional stability.
It is critical that the situation is resolved peacefully without violence and that they can fully restore democracy.
All of the governments welcomed the promising visit by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan as the Special Envoy of the ASEAN Chair on Myanmar and supported his efforts to facilitate Myanmar’s full and urgent implementation of the Five-Point Consensus, as decided by ASEAN Leaders and the Commander in Chief of the Myanmar military on 24 April.
They also supported the objectives of Dato Erywan’s visit, including his intention to meet all parties in line with the Five-Point Consensus and call on the regime to facilitate his access.
The governments urged Myanmar to work constructively with the ASEAN Special Envoy to promptly and thoroughly implement the remaining parts of the Five-Point Consensus. In accordance with the Five-Point Consensus, they also urged the military to halt violence immediately; participate in a constructive, inclusive discussion with all stakeholders; and enable safe, unhindered access to humanitarian aid, particularly by safeguarding the protection of humanitarian and health personnel.
“We also demand full respect for human rights, particularly the prompt release of all who have been wrongfully detained, including foreigners. We also urge the military to make regular visits to Myanmar by the ASEAN Special Envoy and to allow him to do so”.