Vietnam calls for end of violence in Myanmar
The Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.N. called all parties to exercise restraint, stop violence and dialogue to reach a peaceful solution to the Myanmar issue.
During the meeting on Thursday to address the situation in Myanmar of the United Nations General Assembly (UN), Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, head of the permanent Vietnamese delegation to the U.N., said that “relevant parties must exercise restraint to the fullest extent, end violence, and begin meaningful, inclusive dialogue” to reach a peaceful, sustainable solution that is in line with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar.
The ambassador also expressed Vietnam’s concern about Myanmar’s situation, especially the serious humanitarian crisis that is having a great impact on women and children in this country, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Vietnam calls on all parties to ensure humanitarian and medical access for the people of Myanmar, in compliance with international humanitarian law, Giang said.
Vietnam welcomed the efforts of Indonesia, currently the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2023, as well as supported the close cooperation between the U.N. and ASEAN in promoting the settlement of the Myanmar issue.
Vietnam also called on the international community to support ASEAN’s efforts, promote dialogue and reconciliation on the basis of respect for Myanmar’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
More than two years after the Myanmar military took over power, the situation in this Southeast Asian country is not yet stable.
Myanmar military commanders have promised to draw up a roadmap for holding new general elections to restore elected government, but no election plans have been set for the foreseeable future.
Myanmar officials on Feb. 1 announced an extension of the state of emergency for another six months.
A day after that, they declared martial law in 37 towns. Myanmar on February 22 added three towns to the list of martial law.
The Myanmar military junta declared martial law in 37 more towns across the country and added three more onto the list on Feb. 22, putting the number of towns under the law to 47.
When martial law is in effect, the military commander of an area or country has unlimited authority to make and enforce laws.
By Nguyen Tien – VnExpress.net – March 17, 2023