Syed Hamid: Vital for Asean to know Myanmar situation

  • Nation
  • Monday, 16 Jun 2003

PHNOM PENH: Malaysia has impressed on the need for Myanmar to explain recent events to its Asean counterparts to allow the movement to explain the situation in a more credible manner. 

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said it was important that other Asean countries understand the situation in Myanmar, although the matter was an internal affair. 

“Although (the issue) is a domestic affair, there is a need for Asean to be able to explain it in a credible manner, so that the reputation and image of Asean will not in any way be questioned,” he told the Malaysian media here. 

Syed Hamid, who is here for the 36th Asean Ministerial Meeting, had a bilateral meeting with his Myanmar counterpart U Win Aung yesterday. 

National League for Democracy Leader Aug San Suu Kyi has been placed under “protective custody” by Myanmar’s military junta following clashes between her supporters and military backers on May 30.  

The incident had prompted a crackdown on her pro-democracy party. 

Syed Hamid said that Win Aung had indicated during their meeting that he would explain to his fellow Asean colleagues the situation in Myanmar.  

He also said that Kuala Lumpur hoped for Suu Kyi’s release soon and that Win Aung had mentioned this would happen as soon as the Myanmar government could bring the situation in the country to normalcy.  

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