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Thailand offers to provide skill training to Myanmar migrants

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BANGKOK, 11 April 2011 (NNT)-Thailand has proposed improving the quality of life for Myanmar migrants, who are staying at a shelter along the border, so that they will be able to return to Myanmar with skills to improve their motherland, instead of forcing them to return as rumored.

Foreign Ministry SpokespersonThani Thongpakdi said after meeting with Thai and Myanmar Foreign Ministers: Mr. Kasit Piromya and Mr. Wanna Mong Lawin respectively that Thailand offered to provide education and skill training to Myanar displaced people.

In an unofficial meeting among AESEAN nations, Mr. Thani said the move was aimed at encouraging the migrants to apply what they had learnt to help their country to thrive.

However, he added that it had not been confirmed yet when they would be repatriated, adding that it would depend on the situation and the agreements between the two countries. Thailand will not force them to return against their will. Thailand and Mynmar have also been trying to forge cooperation on investment protection and avoidance of double taxation. Both of which were included in the agreements signed in 2002 and 2007.