Saturday, February 2, 2013
DIPLOMATS from member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have expressed their satisfaction with Thailand’s aid for Rohingya immigrants who had illegally entered the kingdom, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
Krissada Boonrat, Governor of Thailand’s southern Songkhla province, told reporters of the positive development on Thursday, after receiving Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, who led the 17 OIC envoys to visit the Rohingya migrants at Songkhla’s home for women and children.
The home, under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, has been providing shelter to 79 Rohingya women and 26 children.
The Songkhla governor said the OIC diplomats were satisfied after learning that the Rohingya Muslims have received good care in Thailand. The visitors later went to another home of assistance in nearby Pattani province to visit Rohingya male migrants.
According to the governor, the OIC envoys were gathering updated information for further talks on the possibility of sending the illegal Rohingya migrants back to their home country or to third countries.
Meanwhile, people in Moo 7 village of the Chalung locality in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district assisted eight more exhausted Rohingya men from a rubber plantation, and brought them the Sadao immigration checkpoint in Songkhla for temporary stay.