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Hun Sen supports extended 'ceasefire' in Myanmar

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Prime Minister Hun Sen (left) meets with General Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar's military chief and chairman of the ruling State Administration Council (SAC), in Naypyidaw on January 7. SPM

Hun Sen supports extended 'ceasefire' in Myanmar

Prime Minister Hun Sen strongly supports an extended "ceasefire" in Myanmar, saying comprehensive peace and national reconciliation cannot be achieved without the participation and agreement from all stakeholders.

Hun Sen made the remarks during his two-day visit to Myanmar for talks with General Min Aung Hlaing – military chief and chairman of the ruling State Administration Council (SAC) – in a bid to end the ongoing crisis there and bring the country back to future ASEAN summits with the Kingdom as ASEAN chair this year.

According to a joint press statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on the night of January 7, General Min Aung Hlaing had informed Hun Sen that the current Myanmar government had previously declared a five-month ceasefire with all Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) until the end of February 2022 and has now decided to extend it until the end of 2022.

Min Aung Hlaing also called on all parties to accept the ceasefire in the interest of the country and people, end all acts of violence and exercise utmost restraint.

“[It’s] a move Prime Minister [Hun Sen] strongly supported with the view to de-escalating tension and enable constructive dialogues among relevant stakeholders to achieve enduring peace and national development,” said the press statement.

Hun Sen also shared his Win-Win Policy which successfully brought about national reconciliation, comprehensive peace, stability, development and prosperity in Cambodia.

“He also stressed that based on the experiences and lessons learned from Cambodia’s peace process, complete peace and national reconciliation cannot be achieved without participation and agreement from all parties involved,” the statement said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen had officially appointed foreign minister Prak Sokhonn as ASEAN Special Envoy on Myanmar. Min Aung Hlaing said he welcomed the participation of the special envoy of the ASEAN Chair on Myanmar to join the ceasefire talks among the EAOs.

“The Senior General has assured the facilitation of the visit of the special envoy to Myanmar and to meet with all parties concerned including EAOs taking into account the prevailing situation in Myanmar,” said the press statement.

Hun Sen and Min Aung Hlaing also discussed a number of bilateral and regional issues of common interest and concerns.

The two leaders also supported the convening of a meeting among stakeholders such as the special envoy of the ASEAN Chair on Myanmar, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, among others, in providing aid to the people of Myanmar.

They said it was critically important to set up mechanisms and proper facilities for Covid-19 vaccination programme along with the provision of humanitarian assistance effectively to the people in need without discrimination.

Min Aung Hlaing thanked the Cambodian government and people for the additional donations of 3,200,000 masks, 30,000 personal protective equipment (PPE), 50 ventilators, 50 patient monitors and accessories, 50 Oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies to assist Myanmar amid the prolonged pandemic.

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