Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son made the statement during a reception in Hanoi on January 14 for Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General on Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer via an online format.
Both sides expressed concern over instability in Myanmar, and highlighted the top and urgent priority to ending violence, increasing humanitarian support for Myanmar citizens, while promoting dialogue and trust building to seek a peaceful, comprehensive and sustainable solution that suits interests of Myanmar people.
Heyzer congratulated Vietnam on fulfilling its role as ASEAN Chair 2020 and non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021.
She hailed the bloc’s efforts to seek a solution to Myanmar issue, especially the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus, and desired to partner with ASEAN and ASEAN Chair’s Special Envoy during the process.
In response, FM Son acknowledged the efforts made by ASEAN and Vietnam, including providing humanitarian support for people and appointing ASEAN Chair’s Special Envoy to promote dialogue and reconciliation among parties.
He emphasized that a comprehensive and progressive approach is needed, saying that every solution must put people at the centre. He said he hopes that the international community and the UN would create favourable conditions for dialogue and reconciliation in Myanmar as well as continue supporting ASEAN’s central role and efforts.
He applauded the UN’s support for ASEAN and Myanmar and voiced his support for active coordination between Heyzer and ASEAN Chair’s Special Envoy in the time ahead.
Both sides consented to work closely together to help Myanmar return to normal for the benefits of Myanmar people as well as for peace, stability, cooperation and common development in the region.