NSC: Thailand not to build permanent shelters for Rohingyas

(31/01/13) The National Security Council (NSC) has affirmed today that permanent shelters for Muslim Rohingya migrants will not be established in Thailand.

NSC Secretary-General Lieutenant General Paradorn Pattanatabut (ภราดร พัฒนถาบุตร) said Rohingya migrants will be detained by no more than 6 months and they will be sent to different temporary shelters in order to prevent the migrants from grouping together and inciting unrest.

He said that Thailand will hold talks with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and other organizations in order to repatriate the migrants back to Myanmar or send them to a third country later on.

There are currently about 1,400 Rohingya migrants in Thailand, and the secretary-general said they will be staying in the country only temporarily while the Thai government provide them with humanitarian assistance.

He added that Rohingyas sailing into Thai waters will be supplied with food and water but they will not be allowed to enter the kingdom.

Lieutenant General Paradorn admitted that Rohingyas are looking to go through Thailand to neighbouring Malaysia, and the authorities of both sides have been discussing the issue.


source : posttoday




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