ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting (Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs MOTEGI Toshimitsu)
April 27, 2021
- The Government of Japan welcomes the “Five-Point Consensus”, which was announced as a result of the discussions on the situation in Myanmar at the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting held on April 24th, as a step toward improving the situation. The Government of Japan highly values the efforts of ASEAN to turn around the situation.
- In particular, it is a positive step that the Chairman’s Statement mentioned that violence in Myanmar shall be immediately ceased and constructive dialogue among all parties concerned shall be commenced. Furthermore, the Government of Japan once again emphasizes that immediate release of the detainees will lay an important foundation for commencing such dialogue.
- The Government of Japan have conveyed its position to the ASEAN member states through a series of engagements including Foreign Minsters’ meetings and telephone talks. Moving forward, it is important to ensure that the “Consensus” will lead to concrete outcomes. The Government of Japan continues to strongly urge the Myanmar military to immediately stop resorting to violence, release those who are detained and swiftly restore Myanmar’s democratic political system, while supporting the efforts of ASEAN and working in cooperation and coordination with other countries concerned, including ASEAN.
- In the course of such efforts, the Government of Japan has been working closely with Mr. SASAKAWA Yohei, Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar, and will continue to do so.