Singapore hopes US and China can exercise self-restraint, refrain from actions that will escalate tensions

Singapore hopes US and China can exercise self-restraint, refrain from actions that will escalate tensions

Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan attended the meeting in Cambodia. The meeting had extensive discussions on recent regional and global developments, including the situation in Myanmar, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and cross-strait developments.

“ASEAN noted that no progress has been made on the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus,” said the MFA statement.

“The decision by the Myanmar military authorities to execute four opposition activists in the week leading up to the 55th AMM was a grave setback for ASEAN’s efforts to facilitate a peaceful resolution and national reconciliation in Myanmar. 

“It also disrespected the efforts of the ASEAN Chair Cambodia and the ASEAN Special Envoy on Myanmar.”

ASEAN also reiterated the importance of the continued implementation of the Five-Point Consensus, said MFA.

“Without any progress on this front, further engagement with the Myanmar military authorities would be of limited value. 

“ASEAN is exploring ways to engage with all stakeholders in Myanmar,” said the ministry.

Dr Balakrishnan reiterated Singapore’s call for the release of all political detainees, including President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and for the ASEAN Special Envoy on Myanmar to have access to all stakeholders.

The AMM also discussed the negative impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in particular on energy and food prices. 

“ASEAN reiterated its call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of peaceful dialogue among all parties concerned. ASEAN hoped that grain exports from Ukraine can resume to pre-conflict levels,” said the MFA statement.

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