Burma Times Correspondent: June 03, 2015
In an apparent U turn, the government is saying that the second rescued ship with 727 migrants is being taken to a ‘safe location’. The government has refused to disclose the exact whereabouts.
“The operation is starting. They will be taken to a safe destination,” Myanmar Information Minister and presidential spokesman Ye Htut told Reuters by telephone on Tuesday.
Ye Htut first said that the ship is being escorted to Bangladesh waters but later changed the stance saying that the identity of the migrants will be verified.
Bangladesh says it will take back only those who can be verified as their citizens. Many of the migrants aboard are speaking in the Rakhine language, a dialect not understood in that country. Rohingya Muslims can however speak in the language.
Burma wants to portray the boat people as Bangladeshi migrants.