ASSK signs agreements with PM Prayuth Chan-o-cha – mfa.go.th
Friday June 24, Aung San Suu Kyi met with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues including the protection of migrant workers, the assistance of displaced persons and the responsibility of both Thai and Myanmar governments.
Labor ministers of both countries signed two agreements and one memorandum of understanding, covering employment, labour cooperation and border crossing.
Leaders of both countries agreed on the importance of increasing the volume of trade between the two countries and playing an active role in bringing about peace, stability and prosperity to the ASEAN community.
Refugee camp visit scrapped
Aung San Suu Kyi’s official visit to the Burmese Tham Hin refugee camp in Ratchaburi province on Saturday June 26, was cancelled by local Thai authorities with no reason given.
Tham Hin is one of 9 camps along the Thai-Myanmar border, home to 6000 refugees having fled war-torn zones in eastern parts of Myanmar. Repatriation issues were indeed on Aung San Suu Kyi’s agenda and were later discussed with Thai authorities.
Rohingya plight silenced
Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence on the violent persecution of Myanmar’s minority Muslim Rohingya has been a disappointment for campaigners. She has publicly expressed her will not to discuss this matter.
The Burmese government has recently suggested the Rohingya be referred to as “Muslim community in Rakhine State” while thousands of Buddhist protesters want them to be called “Bengali” and consider them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Over the past few years, the rise in nationalism has increased tensions between the stateless Rohingya and Buddhist extremists. The Rohingya are described by the UN as the world’s most persecuted minority group.
“All our hopes in the leadership of democratic statesmen have faded away”, said Haji Ismail, representative of the Rohingya community in Thailand. “Indeed we did not hope for this sort of harsh and negative political stance and undemocratic rhetoric from our Nobel peace laureate.”