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Thai Foreign Minister Discusses Rohingya Refugees With Burmese Counterpart

15 August 2013

Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul met with his Burmese counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin on Wednesday to discuss the issue of Rohingya Muslim refugees, Thailand’s The Nation reports. Long a persecuted minority in Burma, some 1,700 Rohingya refugees remain in a Thai detention center after they arrived illegally by boat from the Burma-Bangladesh border. “We have already taken care of [the refugees] for six months and are seeking new ways to handle them [and protect their] humanitarian and human rights,” Surapong was quoted as saying. Among other possibilities, the two ministers discussed moving the refugees to less crowded facilities in Thailand.

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