Here is an edited extract of Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan’s remarks at the meeting of Asean foreign ministers on Tuesday (March 2): The millions of Myanmar people from all walks of life who have taken to the streets are determined to return their country to democratic governance. They want their voices to be heard. And Singapore, like many countries, hopes to see national reconciliation and stability in Myanmar. We, therefore, call on the military authorities in the strongest terms to urgently seek a negotiated compromise to the current situation. The alternative is prolonged instability and backsliding on the progress Myanmar had achieved with great effort and with the support and participation of the military since 2011. Singapore has always upheld the principle that the future of Myanmar must be determined by her own people. We have supported Myanmar’s democratic transition in the last decade and we will continue to do so. We hope to see an outcome that is in accordance with the interests and the will of the people of Myanmar. Singapore has also urged Asean’s external partners not to impose broad-based economic sanctions that will harm the ordinary people of Myanmar. In the current climate, foreign investors, including… Read full this story
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