Thailand will meet Myanmar today about relations on the border for the first time in seven years.
Myanmar’s past internal strife has kept them sidelined since the last meeting in November 2005.

Vasin Teeravechyan, adviser to the Foreign Ministry and head of the Thai-Myanmar Joint Boundary Committee [JBC], will chair the seventh JBC meeting with Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister U Zin Yaw in Nay Pyi Taw.

The meeting takes place today and tomorrow.

Mr Vasin, the leader of the Thai delegation, called the resumption of the meetings a “good start”.

While the first meeting will break the ice, both sides are likely to discuss proposals to upgrade border crossings in coming months.

“After we have built a good rapport, the border issue might be discussed at the next meeting which will be held in Thailand,” he said.

Topics for discussion include possible upgrades to the temporary border checkpoint at Ban Nam Pu Ron in Kanchanaburi province opposite Myanmar’s Tee Ki channel.

These improvements could make the checkpoint a permanent fixture when the Dawei deep-sea port project becomes operational, Mr Vasin said.

The two sides will also discuss possible repairs to the border markers at Sai and Ruak rivers in Chiang Saen and Mae Sai districts of Chiang Rai province, as well as embankment construction along the river banks which mark the international borderline, he said.

Thailand and Myanmar will also discuss the possibility of upgrading a temporary checkpoint at Singkorn in Prachuap Khiri Khan province in response to increasing border trade, he said.