JAKARTA – Spokesperson for the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Teuku Faizasyah, said the demonstration that took place in front of the Indonesian Embassy (KBRI) in Yangon was caused by wrong reporting. The demonstrations were sparked by a Reuters report that Indonesia was pushing ASEAN to agree on an action plan in response to the Myanmar military junta’s pledge to hold new elections.
Reuters reports that the action plan involves sending an ASEAN watchdog team to ensure the new elections are fair and inclusive, but do not seek immediate release from Aung San Suu Kyi. Also read: Called Support the Myanmar Junta’s Proposal on the New Election, This is Indonesia’s Answer
“Today, there is a demonstration in front of our Indonesian Embassy in Yangon. However, demonstrations and the conveyance of hopes from the people of Myanmar itself take place from day to day,” said Faizasyah on Tuesday (23/2/2021).
He said that Reuters reporting that made it look as if Indonesia was pushing for an action plan was the cause of the demonstration. “The facts are wrong, and have even led to demonstrations in front of our Indonesian Embassy building,” he said.
The former Indonesian Ambassador to Canada said the news had caused misunderstanding in Myanmar society. Where, as if Indonesia’s national position regarding Myanmar has changed. Also read: Western Countries Raise Pressure on the Myanmar Junta
Faizasyah reiterated that Indonesia’s position from the beginning of the crisis in Myanmar had not changed and what Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi had done so far was only consultations with other ASEAN countries.
“It is too early to mention an action plan, one of which states that it seems to support a new election process in Myanmar. That is not Indonesia’s position at all, because what we want to underline is how we seek a peaceful settlement in Myanmar which is an inclusive democratic political process that involves all parties, “he said.