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  1. Recalling the "Chairman's Statement on the Developments in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar" issued on 1 February 2021, and the "Chair's Statement on the Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting" issued on 2 March 2021, it is saddened to learn of the continuing escalation of violence and use of lethal force in Myanmar that has resulted in the loss of lives.

  2. In this regard, we would like to among others reiterate the points made from the said Statements:
    1. recalling the purposes and the principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, including, the adherence to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and good governance, respect for and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
    2. reiterating that the political stability in all ASEAN Member States is essential for achieving a peaceful, stable and prosperous ASEAN Community;
    3. calling on all parties to refrain from instigating further violence, and for all sides to immediately exercise utmost restraint and flexibility;
    4. calling on all parties concerned to seek a peaceful solution and pursue constructive dialogue, reconciliation, and  the return to normalcy in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar; and
    5. acknowledging the calls for the early release of political detainees and for the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Myanmar to engage with the parties concerned.

  3. We would also like to reiterate ASEAN's readiness to assist Myanmar, including through the good offices of the Chairman of ASEAN and the Secretary-General of ASEAN in a positive, peaceful and constructive manner.

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