Military leaders of Thai, Myanmar may discuss border security, clearance issues

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Thandwe, January (21)

Myanmar military leader General Min Aung Hlaing and Chief of the Defence Forces of the Royal Thai Armed Forces General Chalermphon Srisawasdi, who arrived in Thandwe, Rakhine State, are expected to discuss the security of the Thai-Myanmar border as well as clearing issues, the political analysts said.

Myanmar is hosting the three-day 8th High-Level Committee Meeting between Myanmar and Thai armed forces on January 19 at Ngapali Beach in Thandwe Township.

The Military Council has not released any information about the topics to be discussed at the meeting between the Thai and Myanmar Tatmadaw, only news that the delegation led by Chief of the Royal Thai Armed Forces General Chalermphon Srisawasdi and his wife were welcomed with a dinner.

Veteran politician U Pe Than pointed out that since the military coup, political organizations, PDFs, and CDMers have been present at the Thai-Myanmar border and in Thailand, so they might discuss border security and clearance issues.

In addition, U Pe Than pointed out that there is aerial bombardment by the military regime in areas controlled by KNU on the Thai-Myanmar border, and that the two sides may discuss incidents of heavy weapons landing on the Thai side.

Political analysts say Myanmar and Thailand are countries that have undergone military coups with opposing views to the United States and the West, and Myanmar’s military leader is indeed completely reliant on Thailand.

On December 22, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister held an informal meeting, inviting ASEAN member countries to resolve the Myanmar crisis, but there was no significant result.

Political analyst U Ye Tun (Hsipaw) opined that while there are requests to set a no-fly zone, the military council needs the help of neighboring countries and can discuss those issues as well.

On the 10th and 11th of January, junta aircraft bombed Camp Victoria, the headquarters of the Chin National Front (CNF), on the India-Myanmar border, resulting in the deaths of civilians and the destruction of some buildings.

Since the attack invaded India’s airspace, the National Unity Government (NUG) has appealed to the neighboring countries not to allow the military council to use their airspace in view of regional security, stability, and the safety of people.

News-Than Lwin Times

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