Friday, May 22, 2015

Thailand lauds US over shelter offer | Bangkok Post: news

Thailand lauds US over shelter offer | Bangkok Post: news: "According to an AP report, the US State Department said Thursday the US is willing to take in Rohingya refugees.

Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the US is prepared to take a leading role in any multi-country effort, organised by the United Nations Refugee Agency, to resettle the most vulnerable refugees.

In the past three weeks, more than 3,000 people - Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis trying to escape poverty - have landed in overcrowded boats on the shores of various Southeast Asian countries.

Aids groups say thousands more are stranded at sea after human smugglers abandoned their boats to avoid crackdowns by authorities.

On Wednesday, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to offer sea migrants temporary shelter, as long as the resettlement and repatriation process is completed by the international community within one year."

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