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Malaysia urges ASEAN talks on Myanmar, 'non-indifference' policy

Foreign minister says fresh meeting needed to reconfirm Brunei special envoy

Malaysia's Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah in late October: He wants ASEAN to call a meeting to discuss next steps on Myanmar.   © Reuters

PUTRAJAYA -- Malaysia wants to see the Association of Southeast Asian Nations adopt a principle of "non-indifference" toward Myanmar's humanitarian crisis -- rather than "non-interference" -- and will ask Cambodia, the bloc's new rotating chair, to convene a special meeting on next steps.

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Monday told reporters that reconfirming Brunei's Second Minister for Foreign Affairs Erywan Yusof as the bloc's envoy to Myanmar would be high on the agenda. He was appointed during Brunei's chairmanship of ASEAN, which ended last month.

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