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Top diplomat meets Myanmar peace-negotiation committee chief

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Cambodian foreign minister Prak Sokhonn (centre) at a meeting with National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee (NSPNC) chairman and member of Myanmar’s ruling State Administration Council (SAC), Lieutenant General Yar Pyae on the morning of July 1. SUPPLIED

Top diplomat meets Myanmar peace-negotiation committee chief

Cambodian foreign minister Prak Sokhonn has shared insight into the Kingdom’s Win-Win Policy, coined by Prime Minister Hun Sen, with the chief of the Myanmar peace-negotiation committee in an effort to help the bloc’s westernmost country attain peace and national reconciliation.

The minister, who doubles as the ASEAN special envoy on Myanmar, was speaking at a meeting with National Solidarity and Peacemaking Negotiation Committee (NSPNC) chairman and member of Myanmar’s ruling State Administration Council (SAC), Lieutenant General Yar Pyae on the morning of July 1.

The meeting sought to share insight into the Kingdom’s Win-Win Policy, coined by Prime Minister Hun Sen, in an effort to help the bloc’s westernmost country attain peace and national reconciliation.

Sokhonn also brought two other main topics to the discussion table: progress of engagement with Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAO) under the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA); and the NSPNC’s role in vaccination campaigns and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the people of Myanmar in the hard-to-reach areas.

The minister and ASEAN for Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) deputy secretary-general Ekkaphab Phanthavong, who accompanied Sokhonn on his second Myanmar trip as special envoy, held talks with representatives of seven EAOs that have signed the NCA with the SAC.

“They exchanged views on [the] political situation in Myanmar, especially [on] how to advance peace talk[s] for the benefit of all people in the country.

“Deputy Prime Minister [Sokhonn] took the opportunity to share with the meeting the successful implementation of the Win-Win Policy initiated by Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen, which has led Cambodia to today’s peace, stability and development,” the press statement said.

Sokhonn is in Myanmar from June 29 to July 3, and has also met SAC leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and other members of the council to follow up on progress on the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus adopted in April last year to seek a resolution to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.

His trip also served to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Myanmar, including the two million Covid-19 vaccine doses that were donated by China through ASEAN and handed over to the crisis-hit country on June 30.

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