Thai, Burmese military chiefs conclude talks in Bangkok

Thai, Burmese military chiefs conclude talks in Bangkok

A senior-level meeting between Thai and Burmese military chiefs concluded on Wednesday at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok.

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing led a delegation of some 20 military officers from Burma while his counterpart Gen Thanasak Patimaprakorn headed a team of 40 officers from the Thai defence forces.

According to a Thai official at the meeting, who spoke to DVB anonymously, the two-day meeting included negotiations on sea and land demarcations; security; narcotics; human trafficking; arms smuggling and illegal migrants. He said they also discussed administrative duties for the continuation of bilateral talks at a senior military level.

The official said that no specific issue was disputed or forced a change in policy, but that the delegations agreed to hold another round of talks in the near future in Rangoon.

Formerly, Thai-Burma military coordination committees existed only at town, regional and liaison levels. The senior-level committee was only formed six months ago.

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On Tuesday, Min Aung Hlaing was quoted in the Thai press as saying that relations between Thailand and Burma are at their most cordial in the two countries’ history when he met Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House in Bangkok.

According to a Thai government spokesperson, the Burmese commander-in-chief said that Burma welcomed Thai businesses to invest in the country and issued an assurance that his country was politically stable.

With regard to the Dawei deep-sea port project, the spokesman said that Min Aung Hlaing assured the Thai premier that President Thein Sein recognises the importance of the project and wanted to cooperate with Thailand in ensuring its success.

Yingluck reportedly agreed that the Dawei scheme is a massive infrastructure project and that the two countries would need to cooperate closely to complete it successfully.

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