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The Doi Chang Muub Army Base on the Thailand-Myanmar border.

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The presence of an established humanitarian presence makes the Thai-Myanmar border a logical conduit for aid.

 

By Sebastian Strangio

 

The United States and Thailand are considering jointly providing humanitarian aid to Myanmar via the country’s border with Thailand, the Thai foreign ministry said Wednesday. The plan emerged from a two-day visit to Bangkok by U.S. State Department Counselor Derek Chollet earlier this week, during which he met with the Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and other senior officials and discussed the post-coup crisis in Myanmar.

 

“The two sides have discussed the situation in Myanmar, the handling of the matter by Thailand and ASEAN, and the feasibility of Thai-U.S. cooperation to provide people in Myanmar with humanitarian assistance – possibly handled via the Thai-Myanmar border,” Thai foreign ministry spokesperson Tanee Sankrat said at a press briefing, as reported by Benar News.

 

The military’s seizure of power in February has pushed Myanmar toward nationwide conflict and economic collapse, worsening the country’s numerous and interlocking humanitarian crises. In its attempt to quash the rising resistance to its coup, the Myanmar security forces have murdered more than 1,100 people, arbitrarily detained more than 8,000, and forcibly displaced more than 230,000 civilians, bringing the total number of internally displaced persons in Myanmar to well over half a million, according to the United Nations.

 

Full story: https://thediplomat.com/2021/10/us-thailand-mull-crossborder-myanmar-aid-delivery-plan/

 

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2 hours ago, Gold Star said:

Handing over humanitarian aid at a border post would undoubtedly go through the hands of the Myanmar military. Just how exactly would it get into the hands of the people that need it most, which are the ones being murdered, bombed, shot, their villages burned, and oppressed by the same military?

Thats  after its  gone thru the thai sticky fingers (PLURAL)  first, dont trust any of them

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3 hours ago, Gold Star said:

Handing over humanitarian aid at a border post would undoubtedly go through the hands of the Myanmar military. Just how exactly would it get into the hands of the people that need it most, which are the ones being murdered, bombed, shot, their villages burned, and oppressed by the same military?

Biden hasn't done anything right since he's been in power this is no exception. 

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1 hour ago, IAMHERE said:

America doesn't have money for aid; Biden trying to raise taxes now.

No USA money for aid, thus the reason for global distribution of Covid vaccine donations (as a result I received two shots of the Pfizer vaccine). Yep, in full agreement with rolling back the 2017 tax cuts having gone to primarily the wealthy and corporations.

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3 hours ago, vandeventer said:

Biden hasn't done anything right since he's been in power this is no exception. 

Ah yes, we have to make a post about a crisis in SE Asia something to do with American politics.... na bua

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If some of the rebel armies can secure sections of the border I would prefer aid be given to them.  It's not that I am confident they would distribute the aid equitably, it's just that I'm certain the Tatmadaw would not.

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The US should pressure/force Thailand and Myanmar to allow food drops and aid to villages from C-130 Hercules aircraft,  only then would it be getting where it is needed most.

however, we all know that's not going to happen,  it's to logical and easy.

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