Kin Phea, director-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, said yesterday the releasing of prisoners, especially foreigners, is a step to ease the situation but it’s still a long way to bring Myanmar to normalcy as it was before February last year.
“There are many things that all parties concerned and stakeholders in Myanmar have to do to implement ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus agreement which the junta leader himself also signed,” he said. “The 5PC was an important step toward a peaceful resolution and paving the way to bring all parties concerned to the negotiation table.”
Phea said ASEAN and the ASEAN Chair have played a “very constructive and important role” in tackling Myanmar’s crisis in the bloc’s way by easing and cooling down the situation.
“The options and scenarios for lasting peace, security and stability as well as transition to democracy importantly depend on Myanmar’s leaders and people themselves,” he said.
“Everyone should have an equal share in the peace process and transition to democracy in the country. It’s time for Myanmar to deal with their differences based on national unity, peace, security, political stability, prosperity and people’s well-being or their country will be divided and fall under a civil war and geopolitical trap,” he added.
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