ASEAN appoints special envoy to Myanmar

(VOVWORLD) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has appointed Brunei's second Foreign Minister, Erywan Yusof, as the bloc's special envoy to Myanmar, according to an ASEAN a press release on Wednesday. 
ASEAN appoints special envoy to Myanmar  - ảnh 1Brunei’s second Minister for Foreign Affairs Erywan Yusof (Photo: The Straits Times)

The communique emphasized the role of the ASEAN special envoy to build trust and credibility among the parties, and provide a clear timetable for implementing the Five-Point Consensus to resolve the crisis in Myanmar.

Myanmar has been in a political stalemate since February 1, after the army arrested government leaders, regional and state chiefs and senior members of the National League for Democracy party (NLD) with allegations of electoral fraud. After temporarily taking control of the country, Myanmar's military declared a year-long state of emergency, and pledged to hold elections and transfer power.

At the ASEAN Leaders' Meeting held in late April in Jakarta, ASEAN leaders reached consensus on five points on Myanmar situation: ending violence, constructive dialogue among all parties, a special ASEAN envoy to facilitate the dialogue, acceptance of aid, and a visit by the envoy to Myanmar.