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Burma Govt Meets Rohingya Migrants in Thailand

11 April 2013

Burmese officials will travel to Thailand in a bid to determine the origins of about 2,000 Rohingya migrants sheltered there, the Bangkok Post reported Thursday. Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that although the UN refugee agency confirmed most of the refugees were from Burma’s Arakan State, Burma’s government believed some came from Bangladesh. He said Burma’s foreign minister agreed to bring the migrants back to Burma’s westernmost state if it was determined they came from Burma. The United Nations says the Rohingya are one of the world’s most persecuted groups and Burma has long denied them citizenship.