April 4, 2022
PHNOM PENH – The UN secretary-general’s special envoy on Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer informed Prime Minister Hun Sen, the ASEAN chairman for 2022, that she had initiated a “three-layered solution” for the ongoing crisis plaguing the bloc’s westernmost country.
Heyzer paid a courtesy call on Hun Sen on April 1 during a visit to Cambodia, two days after her meeting with ASEAN special envoy on Myanmar Prak Sokhonn, according to a statement posted on the premier’s official Facebook page.
Heyzer said that she had initiated a “multi-exit framework based on a three-layered circle”, describing the first layer as the “centre of the circle”, which she said encompasses the facets of the resolution process that are led by, belong to, and reflect the will of the people of Myanmar.
She added that the second layer constitutes the aspects of the process that are led by ASEAN and the countries bordering Myanmar, while the third is the part of the process spearheaded by the international community, which she recognised would mostly comprise Western countries.
“Noeleen Heyzer said that this framework is not different from ASEAN’s Five Point Consensus [5PC]. Firstly, it focuses on the provision of humanitarian assistance; secondly, protecting the people; and thirdly, the return to a civil administration which is necessary for trust building,” the statement said, noting that Hun Sen thanked Heyzer for her initiative.
“We have common aims: to seek peace, security, and prosperity for the people of Myanmar. Immediate tasks to be done are: to put a halt to violence and bring humanitarian assistance to the people in need. We need to build trust to resolve the issue, especially through ASEAN’s 5PC,” the statement added.