AS ASEAN CHAIR, THAILAND MUST GET TO GRIPS WITH RAKHINE CRISIS
Thailand’s PM Prayuth Chan-Ocha and Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong at 2018 ASEAN Summit in Singapore. Wikidpedia Commons
By Laetitia Van Den Assum & Kobsak Chutikul
The Nation-Nov 27
This month saw growing international concern and commitment to help resolve the crisis in Rakhine state, Myanmar. As a result of this crisis some 800,000 Muslim Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh since October 2016. The first indication was the chairman’s statement of the 33rd Asean summit in Singapore, issued on November 13. While it did not go much beyond an expression of concern, it does hold promise of greater engagement, particularly on humanitarian grounds.
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