Cambodia to host Asean meeting on humanitarian aid for Myanmar

Cambodia, the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for 2022, will host a consultative meeting on Asean humanitarian assistance to Myanmar on Friday (May 6) in a hybrid format, according to its statement released on Thursday.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, who is the Asean chair's special envoy on Myanmar, and Lim Jock Hoi, secretary-general of Asean in the capacity as the Asean Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator, will co-chair the meeting in Phnom Penh and via videoconference, the statement said.

The meeting will be attended physically and virtually by the high-level representatives from all Asean member states, Asean external partners, United Nations specialised agencies, and other relevant international organizations, it added.

"The consultative meeting will provide a high-level platform for Asean to initiate a multi-stakeholder dialogue that serves to provide guidance on how to advance Asean's humanitarian aid to the people of Myanmar based on humanitarian principles and without discrimination," the statement said.

The meeting will also touch on addressing the operational challenges faced by the Asean Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management, it added.

It will also discuss how to support the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to all communities in Myanmar, the statement said.

Asean groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.