Media Statement

03 February 2022

South Africa calls for cessation of violence and restoration of peace and rule of law in Myanmar

The Government of the Republic of South Africa has noted with concern the slower than desired, pace towards the restoration of normalcy in Myanmar.

A year later, the status quo remains that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political leaders in Myanmar are still in detention since 1 February 2021 and violent clashes continue unabated.

South Africa calls for the release of all political leaders, the cessation of violence and a return to the rule of law.

South Africa supports the efforts of the United Nations and the implementation of ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus for Myanmar aimed at ending the violence and alleviating the humanitarian crisis.

South Africa firmly believes that political differences should be resolved through peaceful and inclusive dialogue.

South Africa will continue to support the people of Myanmar in their pursuit of democracy, peace, human rights and the rule of law.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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