Burma Times: The government of Thailand will offer to perform a responsibility in Burma’s national reconciliation process if the Thai premier meets State Aung San Suu Kyi, the Counselor and Foreign Minister of Burma this month during her official trip to Thailand.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told reporters after a Cabinet meeting that she had been asked by several to help the Burmese government. I have to help Myanmar with efforts in national reconciliation. We have to support them in the right way, said Prayut.
Prayut further said that Burma Army Chief, Min Aung Hlaing had also asked him to support his new government.
Suu Kyi might visit Thailand this month for an official initial visit but declined to comment more on her visit or if Htin Kyaw would join her, Zaw Htay, spokeperson for the Burma’s President’s Office confirmed.
Nevertheless, Thai Premier, Prayut said Htin Kyaw would pay a visit to Thailand, as a President of Burma like former president, Thein Sein.
“Asean holds a principle of non-interference. If anyone wants to ask about our situation, they have to do it somewhere else.
“Everything that will be continued” will be on the agenda for the meeting, the prime minister said, including Rohingya migrants, whom the Myanmar government refers to as Bengalis despite their existence in Burma for centuries.
Burma’s national reconciliation process was initiated a month before elections in November, when the Thein Sein government signed a ceasefire agreement with eight armed ethnic groups, although seven other ethnic groups refused to sign the deal.
The new government has promised to keep on the peacemaking process but hold-out armed ethnic groups have expressed doubts that the civilian government has the power to forge a lasting deal because of the military’s still |powerful grip on security and border affairs.
While Thailand has been riven by political division domestically for many years, Burma has repeatedly hosted peace talks between Nay Pyi Taw and armed ethnic groups, however Thai authorities have rarely mentioned the country’s role in public.