October 08, 2016

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GOOD NEIGHBOURLY RELATIONS — Myanmar ratifies Protocol to the ASEAN Charter on Dispute Settlement Mechanism

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw being convened in Nay Pyi Taw on 7th October, 2016.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw being convened in Nay Pyi Taw on 7th October, 2016.

THE Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved Myanmar’s ratification of the Protocol to the ASEAN Charter on the Dispute Settlement Mechanism (Appendix Contract) at yesterday’s meeting.
The decision came after MPs and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs discussed the issue at the parliament.
U Zaw Thein of Wakema Constituency, U Myo Zaw Aung of Kawlin Constituency and U Kyaw Aung of Setoktara Constituency discussed in support respectively.
U Myo Zaw Aung said, “The above Appendix contract is born out of unavoidable conditions, thus member countries are required to approve it unanimously.”
“The ASEAN region sees many problems with border disputes, trade, human rights, migrant workers and disagreements between employers and employees.” he added.
“If and when some problems arise, some may be settled in a bilateral diplomatic way, failing that, a jury court or an arbitration board is essentially needed.” the MP said.
The MP also suggested that Myanmar involve itself in its emergence, saying that in the contract it is promulgated that the contract shall never harm rights of member countries and all countries are to accept the decision by the Arbitration jury.
U Kyaw Tin, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said that all member countries agreed on the principles on no-intervention between countries described in the ASEAN Charter.
“Every country is under duty to follow arbitrary decisions that are decided. It one of the two countries involved in the dispute disobeys the decision, the other party is able to complain about it to the ASEAN consulting council comprising ASEAN foreign ministers.” he said.
“If the complaint is unsuccessful at this level, the dispute can go up to the summit of ASEAN and the final decision is compulsorily to be obeyed. So, Myanmar should take part in it.” said U Kyaw Tin.
Following the debate, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker sought approval from the parliament and announced the approval.


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