Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Vietnam FM, UN special envoy talk Myanmar crisis, humanitarian aid

Vietnam FM, UN special envoy talk Myanmar crisis, humanitarian aid

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Vietnamese foreign minister Bui Thanh Son (left) and UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer during the meeting via videoconference. VIET NAM NEWS

Vietnam FM, UN special envoy talk Myanmar crisis, humanitarian aid

Vietnamese MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son held talks with Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer via videoconference from Hanoi late on January 14.

Expressing concern over instability in Myanmar, both sides highlighted the urgent priority of ending violence, increasing humanitarian support for Myanmar citizens while promoting dialogue and trust to seek a peaceful and sustainable solution that suits the Myanmar people.

Heyzer congratulated Vietnam on accomplishing its role as ASEAN Chair 2020 and non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-21.

She spoke highly of the bloc’s efforts to seek a solution to the Myanmar issue, especially the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus, and wished to partner with ASEAN and ASEAN Chair’s Special Envoy during the process.

Son said that Vietnam and ASEAN always considered Myanmar a member of the ASEAN family, so closely follows the situation and assists the country on the basis of respecting its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He took note of efforts made by ASEAN and Vietnam, including provision of humanitarian support for people and appointing ASEAN Chair’s Special Envoy to promote dialogue and reconciliation.

The minister stressed that a comprehensive and progressive approach was needed, saying that every solution must put people at the centre.

He wished 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.

Speaking highly of the UN’s support for ASEAN and Myanmar, Son said that he backed coordination between Heyzer and ASEAN Chair’s Special Envoy in the near future.

The two sides agreed to work closely together to help Myanmar return to normal for the benefit of the Myanmar people as well as for peace, stability, cooperation and common development in the region.



  • Hun Sen: Stop Russia sanctions

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said sanctions against Russia as a result of its military offensive in Ukraine should be stopped as they have produced no tangible results, and predicted that a global food crisis would ensue in 2023 as a consequence. Speaking to an audience at

  • Chinese tourists 2.0 – Coming anytime soon?

    Regional tourism is grappling with the absence of the prolific travellers and big spenders – the Chinese tourists. Cambodia, which has welcomed over two million Chinese tourists before Covid-19, is reeling from the economic loss despite being the first to fully open last November ‘To put

  • PM reflects on shoe throwing: Free speech or act of violence?

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 17 questioned whether a man who threw a shoe at him while he was in the US was exercising freedom of expression or if it was an act of hostility. Hun Sen was referring to an incident last week when

  • Siem Reap’s Angkor Botanical Garden opens

    The Angkor Botanical Garden was officially opened on May 19 with free entry for both local and international visitors for the first six weeks. The garden was established on a nearly 15ha plot of land in Siem Reap. “After the first six weeks, Angkor Botanical Garden

  • Pub Street on the cards for Battambang

    The Battambang Provincial Authority has announced that it is considering establishing a Pub Street in the area around the heritage buildings in Battambang town in a bid to attract more tourists. Battambang provincial governor Sok Lou told The Post that the establishment of a Pub

  • Hun Sen: Don’t react to hostility

    Prime Minister Hun Sen urged tolerance and thanked members of the Cambodian diaspora for not reacting to the hostility on display towards him by others while he was in the US to attend the May 12-13 ASEAN-US Special Summit in Washington, DC. In an audio