Suu Kyi’s trip to Thai Myanmar refugee camp cancelled

Suu Kyi’s trip to Thai Myanmar refugee camp cancelled

Bangkok, June 23 (IANS) A planned visit by Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to a Myanmar refugee camp in western Thailand, earlier scheduled for Saturday, has been cancelled, said a Thai government official on Thursday.

Suu Kyi, who is also the country’s foreign minister, currently visiting Thailand, has been informed of the Thai government’s decision to call off her planned trip to Tham Hin refugee camp, which has provided “temporary” shelter for more than 6,000 Myanmar refugees since the past few decades, according to the government official.

The cancellation of the planned trip to Tham Hin refugee camp for Suu Kyi, was notified to her staff on Wednesday, said the official attached to the provincial administration which looks after the refugee camp in cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Xinhua news agency reported.

No reason for the abrupt cancellation of Suu Kyi’s planned visit to the refugee camp was cited.

Besides a meeting with Thai Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha, Suu Kyi earlier planned to visit a Myanmar community in Samut Sakorn province, about 30 km southwest of Bangkok, and Tham Hin refugee camp in Ratchaburi province.

More than 105,000 Myanmar nationals have taken “temporary” refuge provided in several western and northwestern provinces along the Thai-Myanmar border.

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