Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs proposed that the country shelter the Rohingya people for six months, said Surapong Tovichakchaikul. The Foreign Minister is facilitating dialogues with Myanmar and other countries to coordinate the future of refugees who use Thailand as a transit point.
The proposal will be tabled to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for her advice and endorsement.
Bangkok will hold talks with international agencies including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the International Organisation for Migration, and the International Committee of the Red Cross for support on Thailand’s plan.
According to the latest official counts, 1,390 Rohingya are in the country, more than 200 of them women and children. Most of them are staying in the southern border provinces, mainly in Songkhla, seeking entry to Malaysia.
The government will set aside a budget of 12 million baht or 75 baht a day for each person as a daily allowance.
Thailand is concerned about the plights of refugees and their basic human rights. Yingluck’s Government is committed to an accountable system within ASEAN to offer humanitarian assistance.