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Quad leaders call for the end to violence and restoration of democracy in Myanmar

A joint statement issued by Quad leaders from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, on 24 September called for an end to violence in Myanmar. 

“We continue to call for the end to violence in Myanmar, the release of all political detainees, including foreigners, engagement in constructive dialogue, and for the early restoration of democracy,” a joint statement of Quad leaders said. 

The statement further called for the urgent implementation of “the ASEAN Five Point Consensus.” 

The ASEAN Five Point Consensus agreed among ASEAN leaders on 14 April includes an immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar, constructive dialogue among all parties, the appointment of a special ASEAN envoy to facilitate dialogue, the provision of humanitarian assistance, and a visit by the envoy to Myanmar.

However, the consensus has been widely criticized for its failure to include the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political detainees. 

The Quad leaders’ statement came after a two-hour quadrilateral security meeting between leaders from Australia, India, Japan, and the United States on Friday at the White House of the Quad. 

Myanmar issue was in the statement as a part of the wider regional and global issues such as the expansion of COVID-19 vaccination, climate change, and regional security. 

Meanwhile, leaders of India and Australia have been criticized for not doing enough in response to Myanmar’s coup and accused of prioritizing their economic interests over human rights.

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