Foreign Minister Calls in Thai Envoy for Koh Tao Talks

By The Irrawaddy 30 December 2015

Burma’s Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin met with Thai ambassador Pisanu Suvanajata on in Naypyidaw on Tuesday to discuss the recent death sentence handed down to two Burmese migrant workers in the Koh Tao murder case.

Wunna Maung Lwin told the Thai envoy that the Burmese government would assist with the appeal of Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin in accordance with the laws of the Thai judicial system, according to the Ministry of Information.

He said that he did not want the case to impact negatively on other Burmese migrants living in Thailand, and wanted a commitment from the Thai government to protect the Burmese community from harm.

During the discussion, Wunna Maung Lwin told Pisanu that the Burmese government was working with the Burmese embassy in Bangkok and the Lawyers Council of Thailand on the appeal and sought the cooperation of the Thai government and foreign ministry. He also requested that the Thai government carried out the appeal in accordance with the law and in keeping with the longstanding bilateral friendship between the two countries.