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Pattaya Daily News

13 April 2011 :: 11:04:23 am 52827

Thailand Plans to Close Border Camps, to Repatriate 100,000 to Myanmar

BANGKOK, April 11 - Thailand wants to close its camps housing displaced Myanmar nationals and repatriate over 100,000 persons back to homeland following their country's first election, according to the Thai National Security Council (NSC) chief.
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NSC Secretary General Tawin Pleansri told reporters after an NSC meeting at Government House Monday afternoon chaired by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Kasit Piromya, armed forces commanders-in-chief and national security related agencies.

He said the meeting considered the overall security situation and discussed issues related to the neighbouring country.

“Since Myanmar recently held general election,” he said, “the camps along the Thai border at Mae Hong Son and Tak should be closed. More than 100,000 displaced persons who had fled fighting to Thailand should be repatriated to their country,” the NSC chief said.

Mr Tawin said the Thai government is coordinating with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) about the plan to close the camps and repatriate those displaced persons to Myanmar.

However, the NSC chief said the repatriation process will take time.

Myanmar’s military government officially dissolved the junta’s State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and inaugurated former general Thein Sein as the country’s new president in Naypyidaw on March 30.

His inauguration came months after last November’s historic elections in November last year.

Myanmar troops have for decades waged war against armed ethnic groups, which have sought autonomy from the central government. The latest violence began after the Nov 7 elections, when tensions flared between government forces and armed ethnic groups that have refused to be incorporated into the country’s centrally-controlled Border Guard Force.

About 10,000 people are displaced and living along the Thai-Myanmar border, having fled artillery fire in eastern Myanmar where fighting between government military force and the armed ethnic groups.

Report by : MCOT online news

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