Bilateral talks on trade, transport, gas and economic matters open avenue for improved relations. However, Dhaka’s request that Burma take back 30,000 Rohingya refugees is thwarted.
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Thousands of refugees line up to be counted in the Mae La camp near the border town Mae Sot, as Thai authorities begin the first census of its kind.
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Thailand’s authorities have banned Burmese refugees living on the Thai-Burmese border from leaving their camps, while they conduct a census to determine the exact number of refugees living in the country.
Friday is World Refugee Day and on the Thai-Burmese border some 120,000 people are living in refugee camps, but Thai military officials have indicated that the repatriation of refugees may not be a distant prospect.
Thai security officials meet in Mae Sot to discuss how refugees from Burma living in camps by the Thai-Burmese border can be repatriated.
Temporary houses are being built in Kinchaung village in the restive northern Arakanese town of Maungdaw; but they are not for Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence – this time the emergency shelters are for Arakanese Buddhist refugees who have escaped persecution in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Life in Arakan state’s Maungdaw is hard on ethnic Arakanese refugees coming from Bangladesh. The people living here, resettled under a programme by the ministry of border affairs, have to face lack of both water and ways to make a living.