Singapore’s Foreign Minister, don’t set unreasonable deadlines for a political settlement in Myanmar


While ASEAN has designated a special envoy to foster discussion amid Myanmar’s turmoil, Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan believes the major question is whether he would secure access to all political stakeholders in the nation.
Political solutions, while necessary, are difficult and will require… lengthy negotiations,” he told reporters on Friday evening (Aug 6) following a week of virtual meetings between Asean foreign ministers and counterparts from dialogue partners such as the US, China, Japan, and South Korea.
“I would try to avoid putting unrealistic deadlines,” he stated. “It’ll take some time.” Meanwhile, Dr. Balakrishnan told reporters that Singapore has “engaged across the political spectrum in Myanmar” but declined to elaborate. However, he added: “Singapore is certain that no outside meddling should be allowed in the country. The people of a country have ultimate control over its future.”
On Wednesday, Brunei’s second foreign minister, Erywan Yusof, was named special envoy by Asean to help foster discussion in Myanmar’s situation.
The decision was made in Asean’s common communique three months after the region reached a five-point agreement to end the bloodshed in Myanmar, humanitarian supply supplies, and establish a procedure to enable conversation among all parties involved.


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