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Thailand remains neutral in Myanmar conflict, says foreign minister

Myanmar is in the throes of an insurgency on multiple fronts, with allied anti-junta groups backed by a pro-democracy parallel government seizing control of several military posts and towns, including parts of a key town on the border with Thailand over the weekend.
Last Updated : 09 April 2024, 04:14 IST
Last Updated : 09 April 2024, 04:14 IST

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Bangkok: Thailand remains neutral in the Myanmar conflict and is able to accept up to 100,000 people displaced by the turmoil, Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree Bahiddha-nukara said on Tuesday.

Ahead of a Thai cabinet meeting to discuss the escalating conflict in its neighbouring country, Parnpree urged warring groups to engage in negotiations for peace.

Myanmar is in the throes of an insurgency on multiple fronts, with allied anti-junta groups backed by a pro-democracy parallel government seizing control of several military posts and towns, including parts of a key town on the border with Thailand over the weekend.

The insurgency is the biggest challenge the Myanmar junta has faced since it mounted a coup against an elected government in 2021.

"The situation in Myanmar is crucial to Thailand," Prime Minister Srettha posted on X on Tuesday, adding his government was ready to promote cooperation from all parties to create peace and stability.

The regime in Myanmar was "losing strength" Srettha told Reuters in a recent interview and that it was a good time to initiate talks.

Last week, anti-junta forces attempted coordinated drone attacks on military facilities in Myanmar's capital, a potential blow to the well-equipped military's credibility.

Thailand, which shares a 2,000-km land border with Myanmar, has been pursuing multiple engagements with Myanmar since Srettha took office last August, including delivering aid under a humanitarian initiative aimed at paving the way for talks between warring camps.

Thai lawmakers last month held a seminar on the political situation in Myanmar that include appearances of opponents of the Myanmar's military, despite the junta's objection.

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Published 09 April 2024, 04:14 IST

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