Myanmar accepts Malaysia's proposal to de-escalate violence against civilians, says PM

In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Palace, from left to right; Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Lao's Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, attend a leaders' meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, April 24,2021. South-East Asian leaders met Myanmar's top general and coup leader in an emergency summit in Indonesia Saturday, and are expected to press calls for an end to violence by security forces that has left hundreds of protesters dead as well as the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees. - AP

JAKARTA (Bernama): Myanmar has accepted Malaysia's proposal to de-escalate the violence and stop killing its civilians, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Prime Minister said this was one of three proposals put forward by Malaysia, Asean Leaders' Meeting held at the Asean secretariat, here on Saturday (April 24), to address the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.

"Myanmar responded well and did not reject all the three proposals by Malaysia," said Muhyiddin.

The first of the three proposals was to de-escalate the situation on the ground and stop the killing and violence against civilians.

The second was to release its political detainees promptly and unconditionally, and third, to allow the Asean chairperson and secretary-general to have access into Myanmar, including to all the parties concerned.

"We have succeeded. It's beyond our expectation in getting the outcome from today's meeting," said Muhyiddin after Asean leaders constructively engaged with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing of Myanmar, the junta chief, at the meeting.

Myanmar's military overthrew the civilian government and declared a year-long state of emergency.

The coup triggered mass protests met by deadly violence, resulting in hundreds of people having been killed since then.

"General Min agreed that violence must stop," said Muhyiddin.

Apart from the three proposals by Malaysia, Muhyiddin said Myanmar also agreed to proposals by other Asean countries including humanitarian assistance and national reconciliation efforts in settling the crisis.

Muhyiddin said the outcome of the meeting proved some critics wrong that the regional grouping did not do anything in addressing the crisis.

"We are very concerned with the development in Myanmar and we will continue to find ways to tackle the crisis," he said.

The Prime Minister said Asean will continue to play its role in overcoming the crisis.

Muhyiddin also held a bilateral meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh on the sidelines of the meeting at the secretariat.- Bernama

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