Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Malaysia's and ASEAN's response to the finding and the sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi by the Burmese court....

It is good that the ASEAN is once again voicing out on an injustice committed by one of its member countries, i.e. Burma.

ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on Myanmar
11 August 2009, Bangkok

Thailand, as the ASEAN Chair, has learned with deep disappointment that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to serve eighteen months of house confinement with limited freedom. The Chair wishes to reiterate the calls made by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers attending the 42nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the 16th ASEAN Regional Forum held in July 2009 in Phuket, for the immediate release of all those under detention, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, with a view to enabling them to participate in the 2010 General Elections.

Such actions will contribute to national reconciliation among the people of Myanmar, meaningful dialogue and facilitate the democratization of Myanmar. Only free, fair and inclusive General Elections will then pave the way for Myanmar’s full integration into the international community.

ASEAN member countries wish to see Myanmar, a fellow ASEAN member, be at peace, prosperous and well respected in the international community. We stand ready to cooperate with the Myanmar Government in its efforts to realize the seven steps to democracy and remain constructively engaged with Myanmar in order to build the ASEAN Community together. We also continue to support the ongoing good offices of the United Nations Secretary-General and urge Myanmar’s full cooperation with the United Nations.

And, interestingly Malaysia also had a response, i.e. We need an urgent ASEAN meeting on this.

Malaysia's foreign minister Tuesday pressed for an "urgent meeting" among his ASEAN counterparts after the Myanmar junta ordered Aung San Suu Kyi to stay under house arrest for 18 months.

"I think there is a need for ASEAN foreign ministers to have an urgent meeting to discuss this issue, which is of grave concern," Foreign Minister Anifah Aman told Agence France-Presse.

"With this sentence there is no possibility for Aung San Suu Kyi to participate in the general election next year which should be free, fair and inclusive," he added.(AFP) - Inquirer.Net, 12/8/2009, Malaysian pushes for ASEAN meeting on Suu Kyi

1 comment:

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...


With unfair and wrongful house arrest
Democracy is again put to severe test
Let all those pro-justice have no rest
Until they find real solution that's best

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 130809
Thur. 13th Aug. 2009.