Connect with us

Thailand

Thailand Foreign Ministry concerned about Myanmar situation

Neill Fronde

Published

 on 

FILE PHOTO: Thailand seems quiet on the Burmese conflict, but Thai officials express concern.
image
image

A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of Thailand expressed the country’s concern for their troubled neighbour Myanmar and the violence that rages on there. They called for the country, mired in protests and violent skirmishes against the military junta that seized power on February 1, to follow the actions agreed upon by leaders of the surrounding Southeast Asian nations.

In April, the leaders and representatives of the countries in the ASEAN alliance convened in Jakarta to work towards a resolution for the Burmese civil unrest and military takeover that has devolved into a humanitarian crisis. The group reached a consensus on a 5 point plan to move forward, including an end to violence, creating a special envoy to visit the country, and further political discussions.

So far, the Burmese military junta has made little if any progress on these actions and shows no sign of any improvement anytime soon. The representative for Thailand said the Thai government has been watching closely what’s going on in Myanmar and is very concerned about the violent clashes all around the country. He stressed the need to release all political prisoners and take tangible steps in fulfilling the Five-Point Consensus right away.

Now over 4,500 Burmese dissidents are being held and at least 847 deaths have been reported as the military junta has been unable to rein in the protests and insurgent groups working against them. Daily demonstrations in cities around the country have not dissipated since the February 1 coup, and insurgents that have had conflict with the military and each other for decades have found an opportunity to attack in the chaos.

The junta leader Min Aung Hlaing recently said he was surprised that so many people objected to his coup, even though the leaders and party he overthrew won 80% of the parliament.

On Friday, two ASEAN representatives met with Min Aung Hlaing but failed to get any concrete results. Critics say ASEAN’s list of requests was a weak and toothless response, and this weekend’s meeting netted no benefits but served to give the junta leader a bigger air of legitimacy.

Among the soft and actionless response of countries in the reason, many eyes have turned to Thailand, the country that has the longest shared border with neighbouring Myanmar. While Thailand has kept a watchful eye for fears of refugees and possibly violence spilling across the border but has not taken any visible action.

Some point out that Thailand’s current ruling class is the result of its own similar military coup just 7 years ago, albeit with less violence, bloodshed, or humanitarian crisis. When asked about why Thailand can’t be seen doing more about Myanmar, the government spokesperson said that Thai traditional diplomacy is quiet and discreet, and many actions are out of the public eye, a way they believe is more effective.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forum
🔔 Subscribe to our daily newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Politics2 hours ago

Cambodian PM plans a visit to Myanmar to smooth divisions in ASEAN

Transport2 hours ago

A bird strike may have caused Royal Thai Air Force F-5 fighter jet’s recent crashing

Thailand3 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | Alcohol situation in Pattaya, Thailand Omicron update | Dec 6

advertiseadvertise
Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

First Omicron strain reported in Thailand, Test & Go traveller tests positive

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Covid UPDATE: Still no Omicron, today’s infections drop to 4,000

Crime4 hours ago

Phuket police arrest 32 after more than 3,500 venue raids since November

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Video4 hours ago

Dealign with omicron, Opening the southern border, pen15 park | Good Morning Thailand | Ep.146

Politics4 hours ago

US Republican Party senator Bob Dole passes away at 98

Coronavirus Vaccines4 hours ago

Thailand’s Health Ministry misses Covid-19 vaccination target

Tourism4 hours ago

Germany removes Thailand from its list of high-risk countries

Indonesia5 hours ago

Death toll rises to 14 in volcanic eruption in Indonesia

North East5 hours ago

Police deny detaining or threatening woman who told PM to “retire quickly”

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

CCSA meets today to decide on southern border re-opening

World17 hours ago

Foreign Ministers of China and Malaysia agree over South China Sea

Bangkok19 hours ago

Burmese woman rescued by DSI after 13 years of forced labour

Coronavirus World5 days ago

Health officials say Omicron probably in the Netherlands prior to South Africa reports

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 days ago

PM will decide on need for lockdown if and when Omicron found in Thailand

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 days ago

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says PCR tests will remain a requirement for foreign arrivals

Thailand7 days ago

Thailand News Today | Quarantine requirements in Thailand relaxed, Vocal expat deported | Nov 29

Tourism6 days ago

No plans to reverse re-opening, despite Omicron variant – Tourism Ministry

Drugs5 days ago

Men arrested at Bangkok airport for allegedly smuggling drugs valued at 95 million baht

Visa3 days ago

10-year long term visa scheme takes a step forward, measures approved by PM

Thailand5 days ago

Possible lockdown, Crypto in Thailand, Transit system improvements | Good Morning Thailand | Ep.143

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 days ago

Thailand entry restrictions on African countries in response to Omicron

Bangkok6 days ago

Foreigner claims Bangkok taxi pocketed 1,000 baht for ride down Sukhumvit

Expats4 days ago

Bangkok is 4th best place to live in Southeast Asia, according to expat survey

Tourism5 days ago

Cha-am permitted to sell alcohol in restaurants from December 1

Tourism6 days ago

Tourism officials welcome Czech movie filming in Phuket and Krabi

Thailand6 days ago

More venues in Thailand require proof of vaccination, or ATK test, at the door

Thailand7 days ago

“Sandbox” stay shortened to 5 days for vaccinated travellers from overseas

Thailand3 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism9 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism10 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand10 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism10 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand11 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending