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Monday, March 20, 2023

Cambodia reaffirms ASEAN’s constructive role ahead of summits 40 and 41

In a message to critics demanding strict sanctions against the Myanmar governing board, the local foreign ministry spokesman, Chum Sounri, urged them to wait for the outcome of the next ASEAN apex meetings on the issue.

He said that in order to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Five Point Agreement and an early conclusion of the current political crisis in that country, the recent Special Meeting of Foreign Ministers discussed the key recommendations to be put forward for consideration by the ASEAN leaders. .

For the benefit of resolving the political crisis in Myanmar, we must await the results of the upcoming summit before making any comment on this sensitive issue, Sounri stressed in a message broadcast via the Khmer Times newspaper.

The spokesman responded to a statement made by Human Rights Watch earlier this month, demanding that governments that participate in high-level meetings take stricter sanctions and other measures against the ruling junta there.

In the opinion of academics quoted by the media here, as the current chairman of the regional bloc, Cambodia will have to show skill in leading the debate on a range of sensitive issues that will be on the table at these meetings.

These include the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian conflict, territorial disputes in the South China Sea, tensions in the Taiwan Strait, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear program and the situation in Myanmar.

In this regard, Sounri himself assured that Phnom Penh would strive to create a conducive environment for dialogue and cooperation.

We will insist on greater cooperation on issues where we can agree and more constructive dialogue on issues where we have different views and perspectives, to avoid hostile confrontations and miscalculations, he said.

Cambodia, believed to be researcher Thong Mengdavid, must maintain a strategic, intelligent and flexible patience, and defend ASEAN-led mechanisms to solve regional and global problems, thus avoiding heated confrontations during meetings. Refrain from.

The 40th and 41st summits and related events of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will be held in this capital from tomorrow to November 13.


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