Wisma Putra: Malaysia voted "yes" to UN resolution on Myanmar to end violence

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia fully supported and voted in favour of the United Nation resolution calling for an end to the violence and the release of political detainees in Myanmar, says Wisma Putra.

In a statement issued on June 19, Wisma Putra stated that it voted "yes" in New York on Friday (June 18) as Malaysia is all for continued constructive engagement to solving the problems in Myanmar.

“Malaysia welcomes the adoption of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the situation in Myanmar on June 18," said Wisma Putra.

It added that Malaysia supports and voted in favour of the resolution in line with its position for continued constructive engagement in contributing to a peaceful resolution and the return to normalcy in Myanmar.

“The resolution which received 119 affirmative votes, 1 against and 36 abstentions, calls for the end of violence as well as the prompt release of detained political leaders, which is vital for conducive and inclusive national dialogue and reconciliation," said Wisma Putra.

It added that the resolution calls for the swift implementation of the Five-Point Consensus reached at the Leaders’ Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) held on Apr 24.

"(It also) calls for the urgent need for cooperation between all stakeholders in Myanmar with the Special Envoy of the Asean Chair to Myanmar and Asean as a whole, ” said Wisma Putra.

At the UNGA on Friday, Wisma Putra stated that Malaysia emphasised the need for the UNGA resolution to push for an immediate end to the violence and positively contribute towards improving the situation on the ground in Myanmar.

“Malaysia remains resolute and stands ready to engage constructively and galvanise efforts with the international community towards resolving the situation in Myanmar, ” said Wisma Putra.

The military in Myanmar seized control of the nation in a coup d'état on Feb 1.

There have been mass protests and many Myanmarese have since fled to neighbouring countries since the coup was staged, calling for international interference to return the country to normalcy.

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