Thailand urges more efforts to solve Rohingya problem


CHIANG MAI, May 20 – Thailand today asked Bangladesh to help verify the nationality of Rohingya ethnic people on its border with Myanmar.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra raised the issue during bilateral talks with her Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on the sidelines of the Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit.

The unsettled issue of Rohingya minority group between Bangladesh and Myanmar has led to continued departures of numbers of the ethnic people from Myanmar, many of whom landed illegally on Thai soil.

Ms Yingluck expressed her appreciation regarding increased trade and investment between Thailand and Bangladesh after her recent visit to the South Asian country.

In a separate meeting with UN General Assembly president Vuk Jeremic, the Thai prime minister sought the UN’s cooperation on food stability and health, calling for exchanges of knowledge on the two significant issues to minimise the gap between the rich and the poor.

Mr Jeremic invited the Thai premier to express her views on social and economic issues at a UN forum in New York.