New York

04 August 2021

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General  - on the appointment of the ASEAN Special Envoy on Myanmar 

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General 

The Secretary-General welcomes the appointment of Mr. Erywan Yusof, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brunei Darussalam, as Special Envoy of the ASEAN Chair on Myanmar. This appointment is an important step towards the implementation of the Five-Point Consensus adopted at the ASEAN Leaders Meeting on 24 April. The United Nations looks forward to continuing its cooperation with ASEAN on a coherent response to the crisis in Myanmar, noting the complementary roles of the Special Envoy of the ASEAN Chair and the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General. 

The Secretary-General renews his urgent call to the country's military to respect the will of the people, refrain from acts of violence and repression, and act in the interest of peace, sustainable development and human rights. As Myanmar is facing growing humanitarian needs and the devastating impact of COVID-19, the United Nations is focusing its efforts, in cooperation with international and regional partners, notably ASEAN, to provide humanitarian and life-saving assistance. The Secretary-General reiterates his call to ensure full and unimpeded humanitarian access to those in need.