Cambodia, the Chair of ASEAN for 2022, hopes that her experience and lessons learned from past tragedy and successful implementation of Win-Win policy could be useful for Myanmar to solve her crisis.

H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said on Thursday that Cambodia stands ready to help and will do her best in this endeavour as ASEAN Chair next year.

“Cambodia has experience and lessons learned from our past tragedy and successful implementation of our Samdech Techo Prime Minister HUN SEN’s win-win policy. We hope these lessons could be useful for Myanmar to solve her crisis, even though the context and the particularities of our two countries are not exactly the same,” he underlined.

The Win-Win Policy refers to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s (CPP) strategy to successfully integrate the last Khmer Rouge stronghold in 1998, ending the three decades of civil war in Cambodia.

The Cambodian top diplomat made the remarks after nine ASEAN member states wrapped up the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits and Related Summits on Oct. 28, under the chairmanship of Brunei.

This year, the bloc’s summits were held without Myanmar.

The decision to invite a non-political representative from Nay Pyi Daw was made by the Chair of ASEAN after the Emergency AMM could not reach a consensus on Myanmar’s representation at the ASEAN Summits and related Summits, after lack of real progress in the implementation of the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus (5PC), especially the unsuccessful demands that the Special Envoy be able to meet all parties concerned, a necessary step to pave the way for genuine dialogue toward the return of normalcy in Myanmar, according to H.E. Prak Sakhonn.

The Chair sent an invitation following that line but Myanmar chose not to attend.

Cambodia as incoming Chair will appoint its own Special Envoy who will continue the work of the current Special Envoy, beginning with the term of its presidency: January 2022.

“Myanmar is a member of ASEAN family and while we all respect the principle of non-interference into domestic affairs of member states, the situation in Myanmar continues to be a subject of grave concern and has negative impacts on the region, the credibility of the Association and on the people of Myanmar, our brothers and sisters,” he said.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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