Asean special envoy to Myanmar says he is planning visit, no date set

Brunei Second Foreign Affairs Minister Erywan Yusof, the new Asean special envoy to Myanmar. He was appointd on Thursday (Aug 7). - AP

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Reuters): Brunei Second Foreign Affairs Minister Erywan Yusof said on Saturday he will visit Myanmar in his new role as special envoy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), although no date was set yet.

Erywan was appointed special envoy earlier this week to try to resolve the crisis in Myanmar by opening dialogue and overseeing humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Erywan must be given full access to all parties in the country in the effort to help address the current situation there.

Malaysia’s Senior Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein in welcoming the appointment of Erywan, who is Brunei’s Foreign Minister II, said it is an important step towards the implementation of the consensus adopted at the Asean leaders meeting on April 24.

"In implementing the five-point consensus mandated by Asean leaders, Malaysia is pleased with the consensus in appointing Erywan.

"Malaysia fully supports the appointment of the special envoy as he undertakes this role,” he said in his tweet.

Hishammuddin said the special envoy will also be working with Asean Secretary General in sending humanitarian assistance through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre).

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres also welcomed the appointment of Erywan and looks forward to continuing the international body’s cooperation with Asean on a coherent response to the crisis in Myanmar.

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