Thursday, November 11, 2010

ASEAN Chair Issues Statement on Myanmar Elections


SEAN Chair Issues Statement on Myanmar Elections
ASEAN Secretariat, 11 November 2010

Following the general elections in Myanmar which was held last Sunday, the Chair of ASEAN has issued a statement concerning the landmark event. The statement stressed the need for Myanmar to continue to work with ASEAN and the United Nations in the road to democracy.

Other parts of the statement said ASEAN welcomes the General Elections held on 7th November 2010 in Myanmar as a significant step forward in the implementation of the 7-point Roadmap for Democracy, and that ASEAN encourages Myanmar to continue to accelerate the process of national reconciliation and democratisation, for stability and development in the country.

The statement was issued by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam, H.E. Dr Pham Gia Khiem, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam.

Last week, Myanmar held its general elections – an event that has put one of ASEAN’s newer members under a spotlight. A free and fair elections is one of the seven steps in restoring democracy in the country prescribed in the Roadmap to Democracy.

Meanwhile, in response to queries from the public for comments on the elections, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, had earlier said that he hoped that the elections’ outcome would enable Myanmar to be more confident in dealing with the rest of the world, and that Myanmar would also benefit from the journey towards an ASEAN Community by the year 2015.


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