Thais on border need to be informed of borderline to prevent trespassing

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BANGKOK, 11 July 2012 -Defense Minister Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat has indicated that to prevent Thai people living along the border from trespassing on neighboring countries, it is important to raise their understanding about borderlines.

The Defense Minister said following the arrest of Thai nationals who had set up a community and conducted farming on Kaw Thaung Island, which belongs to Myanmar, Burmese authorities are now trying to establish legal charges on the arrested Thais.

If any of them are found to have been involved with illegal drugs, they would be prosecuted according to the Burmese law. Kaw Thaung Island is opposite the Thai mainland district of Kraburi, Ranong province.

As for those who have recently been released by Myanmar, ACM Sukumpol said they will be educated on the Thai-Burmese borderline in a bid to prevent them from repeating the mistake. ACM Sukumpol also mentioned that Thailand will make changes to the number of soldiers deployed on the Thai-Cambodian border as the eastern neighboring nation has plans to readjust its troops on the 4.6 square-kilometer disputing zone around the Preah Vihear Temple.