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Thai Army Chief Blames ‘Gangs’ for Burma Border Tensions

30 April 2013

Thai Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said that “dishonest and bad” Thais are responsible for sparking Burmese territorial claims over three small islands in the overlapping marine area between the two countries. The Bangkok Post reported that the islands were being used by human traffickers to hide illegal workers. “I don’t want to blame anyone else but our own people. They are unpatriotic and do not consider their nation but their own vested interests,” Prayuth said after the Burmese announced on Saturday that they would prohibit Thais from entering the islands.