Thailand deploys an offshore helicopter carriers for the rescue of migrants

Thailand finally made a move to help the thousands of migrants lost at sea. Bangkok announced Monday, May 25 the deployment of a helicopter carrier off its coast to rescue the migrants who fled Bangladesh and Myanmar on boats fortune.the rescue of migrants in Thailand
“I have ordered the navy to use this large ship as a floating base, with doctors on board,” said General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, the head of the junta, told reporters. The United Nation (UN) estimates that 2,000 people are still at sea when the monsoon approaches. Most Bangladeshis are fleeing poverty, and Rohingyas, one of the most persecuted minorities in the world according to the UN: these Muslims are leaving Burma Buddhist dominant.
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General Prayuth however did not mention the possibility of welcoming migrants in Thailand:
“If boats are found, [passengers] will be driven to the boat before being transferred to temporary camps in Malaysia and Indonesia. The wounded and sick may be treated in hospitals in Thailand, but they will risk prosecution for illegal immigration; for them to decide. ”
Towards cooperation with Washington?
He also left the door open to possible cooperation with the United States, while insisting that the operation in Thai waters of the Andaman Sea would remain “under command” of Thailand.
Washington, which has tense relations with its traditional ally since the coup in May 2014 in Thailand, “offered assistance to countries in the region by US surveillance flights,” confirmed to Agence France-Presse the Embassy of the United States to Bangkok.
The current crisis of migrants in Southeast Asia began in early May, when the smugglers, made nervous by the new policy of repression in Thailand, a transit route for migrants, abandoned thousands of them Wed.

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