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Myanmar: Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL13800, tabled on 2 March 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage the Association of South-East Asian Nations to increase efforts to address the crisis in Myanmar including (1) withholding recognition of the military junta, and (2) suspending Myanmar from its membership of the organisation until a legitimate, elected, civilian-led government is restored.

Answered on

16 March 2021

The UK values the close cooperation with ASEAN partners on this. ASEAN has an important role to play. We welcome the statement from the informal ASEAN meeting on 2 March which stressed ASEAN's commitment to seeking a resolution in line with their principles on the rule of law, good governance, and the principles of democracy and constitutional government as set out in the ASEAN charter. I formally met the Secretary General of ASEAN and discussed the UK's extreme concern regarding the military coup in Myanmar and the detention of civil society and members of the elected government.