Phnom Penh (FN), Jan. 10 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen planned to request Yohei Sasakawa, chairman of the philanthropic Nippon Foundation and Japan's special envoy for national reconciliation in Myanmar, to be an advisor to the premier as ASEAN chair 2022 to help resolve the Myanmar crisis, speaking on Monday at the inauguration of National Road No. 5 improvement project.

“I will meet Sasakawa on the 31 January. Since he has been to Myanmar for 131 times, I would like to ask him to be an advisor to the 2022 ASEAN Chair to help coordinate resolving issues in Myanmar,” the premier underlined.

During the premier’s recent official visit to Myanmar, the Myanmar government had declared a five-month ceasefire with all Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) until the end of February 2022 and decided to further extend it until end of 2022, while Cambodia-Myanmar supported stakeholder meetings to facilitate humanitarian assistances for Myanmar.

At the same time, senior general Min Aung Hlaing also assured the facilitation of the visit of ASEAN special envoy to Myanmar and to meet with all parties concerned including EAOs taking into account of the prevailing situation in Myanmar, according to a joint statement between Cambodia and Myanmar issued on 7 January 2022.