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LAST_UPDATEWed, 22 Nov 2017 1pm

Thailand Backs ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance For Rakhine State, Follows UNSC Resolutions

BANGKOK -- Thailand supports humanitarian assistance to Myanmar's Rakhine State to be provided by the ASEAN Community (AC) and at the same time following resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Deputy Spokeswoman of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Makawadee Sumitmor, who is also Deputy Director-General of the ministry's Department of Information, told journalists of the stance on Thursday, noting that Thailand is concerned over the recent violence in the Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar, especially the affected people in the state.

The deputy spokesperson indicated that Thailand, thus, considers it is an urgent issue for ASEAN Community to provide humanitarian assistance to the Rakhine State.

"As a member country of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Thailand supports humanitarian assistance to be provided by AC to Myanmar's Rakhine State and plans to soon discuss an appropriate form of the ASEAN-combined humanitarian assistance to the Myanmar state", Makawadee said.

She referred to the upcoming ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting, set to be held on the sidelines of this year's UN General Assembly in New York during Sept 17-24.

Makawadee meanwhile declared that Thailand has fully complied with UNSC resolutions against North Korea and cooperated with experts appointed by UNSC to gather relevant information.

According to the deputy spokesperson, bilateral trade and economic activities between Thailand and North Korea have dropped after UNSC issued resolutions against Pyongyang's frequent nuclear tests lately. 

-- BERNAMA