Friday, January 23, 2009

Thailand offers to host conference on Rohingya issue

BANGKOK, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Thailand offered to host a conference concerning about Rohingya with its neighboring countries as soon as possible, Tharit Charungvat, spokesperson of Thailand Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The plan came after Virasakdi Futrakul, Permanent Secretary of Thai Foreign Ministry called a meeting with Ambassadors to Thailand of Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Malaysia to discuss about cooperation on illegal migrants entering the Kingdomvia Andaman sea.

"It is a good offer and I will pass this matter to my government to make the decision" said Tharit as the Ambassador of Malaysia to Thailand saying at the meeting

Tharit said that Rohingya is the regional matter which has to get a joint cooperation to solve the problem.

Tharit said also that Thailand is not an aimed country of Rohingya rather they wants to go to Muslim counties mainly.

However, there is human trafficking ring, operating in Thailand and on international networks.

Recently, nearly 650 Rohingya have been rescued in watercourse of India and Indonesia. A human right group have accused the Thai navy of detaining and beating up to 1,000 Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladesh before towing them out to sea


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