Padang (Antara) – The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has stressed that it will continue to strive for inclusive dialogue to resolve the ongoing conflict in Myanmar.
„Within ASEAN itself, the challenge is the Myanmar conflict, which often draws attention,” Foreign Minister Redno Marsudi said on Monday.
He made the report in a public lecture titled „The Role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Implementing Indonesia’s Soft Power Diplomacy” in Batang, West Sumatra, which he joined via video recording.
As the chair of ASEAN in 2023, Indonesia will make every effort to find a better solution for peace, such as an inclusive dialogue carried out by partners in Myanmar.
Marsudi, who served as Indonesia’s ambassador to the Netherlands from 2011 to 2015, said the peace process depends heavily on the attitude of stakeholders in Myanmar, especially the military junta.
„It really depends on the stakeholders, especially the military junta, to find a lasting peaceful solution,” he said.
He also stressed that ASEAN countries continue to push for the implementation of the five-point consensus, including ensuring that Myanmar fully respects the ASEAN Charter.
According to the Director General of Information and Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Teuku Faizasyah, the Indonesian government has been building and maintaining contact between the warring parties in Myanmar.
„Then, when they feel more comfortable talking about the peace issue, the foundation we have already built will already be there,” he said.
Discussing the foundations of peace in a conflict-ridden country takes a long time and, contrary to expectations, cannot be accomplished immediately, he said.
The roots of the current conflict in Myanmar — directly bordered by India and Bangladesh to the west, Thailand and Laos to the east, and China to the north and northeast — date back to the country’s independence.
Issues such as minority groups and disintegration were more classic and ultimately fueled the conflict. To resolve the Myanmar problem, all the issues that arise should be discussed.
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