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​Vietnam calls for end to violence in Myanmar

By Viet Anh   March 10, 2021 | 10:06 pm PT
​Vietnam calls for end to violence in Myanmar
People join a protest in Myanmar, March 9, 2021. Photo by AFP.
Vietnam has emphasized the need to immediately stop the violence in Myanmar and hold a constructive dialogue to create favorable conditions for democracy process.

In a press release, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said this was "contribution" to the statement issued by the president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Myanmar on Thursday.

Vietnam started a two-year term as a non-permanent member in January 2020.

In the council, its delegate Dang Dinh Quy also called for efforts to immediately stabilize the situation and ensure civilians' safety and on all parties to exercise utmost restraint and hold a dialogue to find a solution in accordance with Myanmar's Constitution and its people's will.

He apprised the other members about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)'s efforts to promote a dialogue and generally resolve the situation in Myanmar.

"ASEAN is ready to assist Myanmar with goodwill in keeping with the principles and targets in its Charter."

In the statement, the council reiterated its deep concern at developments in Myanmar following the declaration of a state of emergency by the military on February 1 and the "arbitrary detention" of members of the government, and called for their immediate release.

The council "strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protestors, expressed deep concern at restrictions, expressed its continued support for the democratic transition in Myanmar, stressed the need to uphold democratic institutions and processes, fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and uphold the rule of law." 

It underlined its strong support for regional organizations like ASEAN and their readiness to assist Myanmar in a positive, peaceful and constructive manner.

It welcomed the statements made by the ASEAN Chair on February 1 and March 2, which recalled the purposes and principles of the ASEAN Charter, and called on all parties to exercise utmost restraint and seek a peaceful solution through constructive dialogue and practical reconciliation.

The council continued to call for safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all people in need, expressing concern that recent developments pose serious challenges for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons.

It reaffirmed its support for the people of Myanmar and its strong commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity, and unity of Myanmar.

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