ASEAN foreign ministers are planning to hold a special emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in Myanmar on October 27 in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the hope that it could pave the way for an agreement on a common solution in order for it to be on the table at the ASEAN Summit next month in Cambodia.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesman Chum Sounry said the special meeting will be held at the ASEAN Secretariat in the Indonesian capital and will discuss the five-point consensus (5PC) so that they can help Myanmar find a way out of the conflict.
He added that Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn, who is also the Special ASEAN Envoy to Myanmar, will attend the meeting on October 27.
“The upcoming meeting in Jakarta is an exchange of views on the five-point consensus to form the basis for resolving the Burma crisis at the summit," he said.
Thong Mengdavid, a research fellow at the Asian Vision Institute's Mekong Centre for Strategic Studies, was of the view that this emergency meeting would focus on revisiting the 5PC and discussing the feasibility and goals for the third visit of the ASEAN Special Envoy to Myanmar.
"Peace talks in Myanmar have almost eroded the trust of other ASEAN member states on the 5PC and parts of the solution to the Myanmar issue have been questioned,” he said.
The 40th and 41st ASEAN Summit and related meetings are set to take place from November 10-13 in Phnom Penh.