No Thai-Burmese border closed as rumored

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TAK – Myanmar says it did not close its borders along Thailand’s Tak province as rumored.

Tak authorities have confirmed that trade on the Thai-Myanmar border remains open as usual, after the 4th Infantry Regiment investigated the claims.

They also denied rumors that Myanmar sought cooperation from Thailand on border closures until elections close on November 8.

Township Border Committee (TBC) Secretary Captain Prajuab Klakasikij said his Burmese counterpart also reiterated that no border closures have been issued by Burmese authorities.

Tak Governor Somchai Hatayatanti said the Burmese government always informs Thailand of its decision to close the border, except in the case of internal conflicts.

Mr. Somchai later said that the relations between ethnic minorities living near the border and the Burmese government are very positive, and therefore, it would be impossible to close the border.