Thailand to set up more nationality verification centers

January 31st, 2011: Bangkok (Mizzima) – The Thai government will set up more nationality verification centers for Burmese workers in Thailand, according to The Nation newspaper.

The Thai Labour Minister Chalermchai Sri-on visited Burma last week to meet with Burmese deputy foreign minister Maung Myint.

‘The Burmese authorities will establish an office to identify workers’ nationality in Ranong and also send more officials to Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai checkpoint’, the newspaper quoted the Labour Minister as saying. Mae Sai is opposite the Burmese border town of Tachilek.

Labour Minister Chalermchai Sri-on added that Burmese authorities might send officials to be stationed at a border checkpoint in Nakhon Sawan Province, as a replacement for the nationality verification center in Mae Sot, which has been closed.

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THAILAND-MYANMAR: Thousands still displaced along border

BANGKOK, 25 January 2011 (IRIN) - About 10,000 people are displaced and in hiding along the Thai-Burmese border, having fled artillery fire in eastern Myanmar where fighting between the Burmese military and armed groups is expected to continue for several months, aid groups say. 

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Thais Call on Burma to Cease Artillery Fire

January 11, 2011: The Thai authorities have sent a letter to the Burmese government through the Thai-Burmese Border Committee calling on Burma to control the firing of heavy artillery after several shells landed and exploded on the Thai side of the two countries' mutual border during clashes between Burmese government forces and a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), according to Manager, an online news service belonging to the Thai News Group. 

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Thailand forces 166 back to Myanmar, UNHCR chides

GENEVA (Reuters) Dec 28,2010: Thailand forced 166 men, women and children back into Myanmar on Saturday even though they were fleeing fighting in their villages, prompting a reprimand from the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday. 

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Suu Kyi calls on Thailand

December 1, 2010: Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday called on Thais to be kind to migrants and refugees from her country.

"We know it is not easy for Thailand to cope with the situation, but we would so appreciate it if you could do what you can for them," she said in a phone interview with Bangkok-based Thai-Asean News Network.

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