43rd ASEAN Summit Retreat Session Produces ASEAN Leaders’ Review and Decision on Implementation of 5PC

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 5 September 2023
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The situation during the Retreat Session of the 43rd ASEAN Summit 2023 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Tuesday (09/05)

During the Retreat Session of the 43rd ASEAN Summit at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta, Tuesday (05/09), ASEAN leaders agreed to produce a document that had been agreed upon.

On the press conference, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno LP Marsudi said that on the Retreat Session, the leaders approved the ASEAN Leaders’ Review and Decision on the Implementation of the Five-Point Consensus to resolve the Myanmar issue.

“Regarding the Myanmar issue, the leaders reviewed the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus in accordance with the mandate of the 40th and 41st Summits. The conclusion is that there is no concrete progress on the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus,” Minister Retno explained.

However, the Minister further stated that the ASEAN leaders decided that the Five-Point Consensus will remain as the main reference to resolve the issue in Myanmar because they comprehended the current complicated and difficult situation in this country. Furthermore, they also agreed to establish a troika to address the issue of Myanmar because they believed that the situation in Myanmar would not change significantly in one year.

“During their discussion, the leaders have decided to use the Five-Point Consensus as the main reference, urge Myanmar to de-escalate violence, and continue the engagement with stakeholders,” she further explained.

According to the Minister, ASEAN leaders also agreed to establish a troika comprising the current, previous and next chairs because ASEAN has committed to keep helping the people of Myanmar. Myanmar’s non-political representation is also still maintained. For the record, the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2026 shall be assumed by the Philippines.

Regarding the humanitarian assistance, Minister Retno confirmed the ASEAN’s commitment to continue deliveries of humanitarian assistance to Myanmar. The ASEAN leaders expressed appreciation for Indonesia’s efforts during its ASEAN Chairmanship to deliver more humanitarian assistance.

“The humanitarian assistance to Myanmar has shown a good progress. Previously, the assistance was provided through SIC channel, but now the AHA Centre is able to provide humanitarian assistance to the parties in need,” she concluded.  (Bureau for Press and Media of the Presidential Secretariat/UN) (GA/MB)

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