NEW YORK: Southeast Asian nations must decide if they are going to push ahead with a so-far failed five-point peace plan for Myanmar or “decide what’s next” before their leaders meet in November, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said on Monday (Sep 19).
Myanmar has been in crisis since the army ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government in February last year, detaining her and other officials and launching a bloody crackdown on protests and dissent.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Myanmar is a member, has been leading peace efforts.
“Between now and the ASEAN summit in November ASEAN must seriously review if the five-point consensus is still relevant, and if it should be replaced with something better,” Abdullah said. “By the time we meet in November, we must ask that hard question and we must have the answer during that time.”
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Abdullah also said he hoped the 15-member UN Security Council would not fail the people of Myanmar.