BANGKOK, Sept 5 – A high-ranking Myanmar official has called on Thailand to speed up demarcation of the two countries’ border for security and joint development.
In a meeting with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House, Myanmar’s upper house speaker Khin Aung Myint also urged Thailand to support the “Two Countries, One Destination” tourism campaign and promote connectivity among Thai and Myanmar people.
Ms Yingluck threw her support to Mr Aung Myint’s requests on demarcation and joint tourism promotion, saying it would expand trade and private sector investment.
She said the “Two Countries, One Destination” principle would connect not only Thailand and Myanmar, but also with other Southeast Asian countries.
Thailand is keen on drawing both sides of the ocean closer through investment in the mega Dawei industrial project and the Thai government has invited foreign investors to play a role in developing the multi-billion-baht project, said Prime Minister Yingluck.
Regarding the arrivals of Rohingya minority refugees from Myanmar to Thailand, Mr Aung Myint said they were not Myanmar citizens and that Myanmar was not responsible for their entry to Thailand.
They came to Thailand from Bangladesh, he said.
Ms Yingluck said Thailand has given shelter to the Rohingya people in accord with international standards and the Thai government would not allow resistance or minority groups in the neighbouring country to use Thailand as their base for actions against the Myanmar government.
Meanwhile, immigration police in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nong Khai reported that about 105 Rohingya detainees broke out of a detention room in the immigration centre and destroyed closed-circuit cameras. They wanted to leave Thailand for a third country.
Over 100 police officers were dispatched to the protest site and the Rohingya detainees were told through an interpreter to calm down but to no avail.
They continued their violent protest, compelling police to fire rubber bullets to scare them. A Rohingya migrant was slightly injured.
Police said 17 leaders were separated from the group to be confined elsewhere.