New ASEAN envoy to Myanmar says he wants full access when he visits

7/8/2021 3:18:00 PM

New ASEAN envoy to Myanmar says he wants full access when he visits

New ASEAN envoy to Myanmar says he wants full access when he visits

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: The Brunei diplomat appointed by a Southeast Asian regional bloc as its special envoy to Myanmar said on Saturday (Aug 7) he should be given full acces

said on Saturday (Aug 7) he should be given full access to all parties when he visits the strife-torn country, where the military overthrew an elected government.Speaking a day after his appointment by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Brunei's Erywan Yusof gave no date for his visit to Myanmar, whose civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials have been detained since the Feb 1 coup.

Erywan has been tasked with overseeing humanitarian aid, ending violence in Myanmar and opening dialogue between the military rulers and opponents, whose protests and civil disobedience campaign have provoked an iron-fisted response."The planned visit to Myanmar is in the pipeline, and what we need to do is make sure we're well prepared when we go there, unlike the visit I had in June," Erywan, Brunei's Second Foreign Affairs Minister told reporters in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the tiny sultanate on the island of Borneo.

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Speaking a day after his appointment by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Brunei's Erywan Yusof gave no date for his visit to Myanmar, whose civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials have been detained since the Feb 1 coup. Erywan has been tasked with overseeing humanitarian aid, ending violence in Myanmar and opening dialogue between the military rulers and opponents, whose protests and civil disobedience campaign have provoked an iron-fisted response. The number of deaths in the latest outbreak has risen to 27, bringing the total number who have died from COVID-19 in New South Wales since the start of the pandemic to 84. "The planned visit to Myanmar is in the pipeline, and what we need to do is make sure we're well prepared when we go there, unlike the visit I had in June," Erywan, Brunei's Second Foreign Affairs Minister told reporters in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the tiny sultanate on the island of Borneo. Grundberg has been the European Union ambassador to Yemen since September 2019. Erywan said he would seek a more substantive discussion, particularly on the cessation of violence, dialogue and mediation during the next ASEAN visit to Myanmar, while emphasising the importance for him to be given full access to all parties. Neighbouring Victoria reported 29 new locally acquired coronavirus cases, the highest daily jump this year, as the state remains under a strict seven-day lockdown imposed earlier this week to try to rein in the highly infectious Delta variant. Related: 'Key question' is whether ASEAN envoy can gain access to all political stakeholders in Myanmar: Vivian Balakrishnan Myanmar civil society groups have rejected his appointment, saying ASEAN should have consulted opponents of the junta and other parties.

Erywan did not mention a timeline for securing humanitarian aid but said he hoped to garner the support needed for the effort. An official with China's UN mission in New York declined to comment on why Beijing's approval had been delayed. The United Nations and many countries have urged ASEAN, whose 10 members include Myanmar, to spearhead diplomatic efforts to restore stability. Myanmar’s military ruler Min Aung Hlaing, who has assumed the post as interim prime minister, this week pledged to hold elections in 2023. His government says it acted within the Constitution to remove Aung San Suu Kyi's government, objects to it being called a coup, and also rejects the description of itself as a junta. Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government is now in Aden, though Hadi is based in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Related: .