Fri 6 Jul 2012
Filed under: Regional
A Thai deputy prime minister said Burmese President Thein Sein will arrive in Thailand for an official visit on July 22-24.
Thein Sein postponed an earlier visit two times, in what was believed to be dissatisfaction with the massive publicity Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi received when she visited the country on her first trip abroad to speak to the World Economic Forum on June 1.
Meanwhile, Gen. Yutthasak Sasiprapa, the deputy prime minister, said on Friday that about 70 Thais have been arrested in Burma for engaging in agriculture and building structures on Burmese territory.
Yutthasak, who is in charge of security affairs, was responding to reports that dozens of Thais had been arrested along a faintly demarcated border area in Kra Buri District of Ranong Province in southern Thailand.
He said Thai authorities were trying to arrange assistance for those detained.
“The Thai government does not want to have a conflict with Myanmar,” he was quoted as saying. “The area where the Thai villagers were reported to have been arrested is where local people of the two countries regularly cross back and forth over the border.”