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ASEAN Eyes 4-Month Truce In Myanmar For Humanitarian Aid

A special ASEAN envoy to Myanmar said in an interview that he has called for a four-month cease-fire by all sides in the country's conflict to enable the smooth delivery of the first batch of humanitarian assistance to the country expected as early as mid-September, according to a Kyodo News report.

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Speaking exclusively to Kyodo News online Saturday, Erywan Yusof, Brunei's second foreign minister, said he proposed the ceasefire until the end of this year in a videoconference with Myanmar's military-appointed foreign minister, Wunna Maung Lwin, last Tuesday, and that the military had accepted it.

"This is not a political ceasefire. This is a cease-fire to ensure safety, (and) security of the humanitarian workers" as they go out and distribute aid to the people safely, he said.

"They didn't have any disagreement with what I said, with regards to the ceasefire," the envoy said, adding he has also passed his proposal indirectly to parties opposed to the military's rule following a February coup that ousted the country's democratically elected government.

"I hope the message is passed on to them."

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The Tatmadaw, as Myanmar's military is also known, has been using violence against pro-democracy forces and armed ethnic minorities, some of whom are also resorting to violence against it.

Aid from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations is being prepared as the member country struggles with the triple crisis of political turmoil, a faltering economy, and the coronavirus pandemic.


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