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Thailand will assist any probe into Rohingya human trafficking: PM

Published on Dec 7, 2013 9:05 PM
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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra talks to journalists during an interview with foreign media at the Government House in Bangkok, on Dec 7, 2013. Thailand will help the United Nations and the United States with any investigation into the findings of a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human-trafficking rings, the Prime Minister said on Saturday, Dec 7,2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will help the United Nations and the United States with any investigation into the findings of a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human-trafficking rings, the Prime Minister said on Saturday.

The United Nations and the United States called on Friday for an investigation into the report, published on Thursday and based on a two-month investigation in three countries, that revealed a clandestine policy to remove Rohingya refugees from Thai immigration detention centres and deliver them to human traffickers waiting at sea.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who chairs a government committee on human trafficking, declined to comment on the findings when asked about her reaction.

"I cannot comment on the Rohingya issue and reaction as this is the responsibility of the Foreign Ministry to handle," she said in a comment to Reuters, delivered through an aide.

 
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