Thailand as a Mediating Force
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Thailand as a Mediating Force


By Sunai Phasuk Saturday, February 1, 2003


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The Thaksin administration is so eager to establish friendship with the SPDC at all costs. That reveals a weak position at the negotiation table and makes Thailand vulnerable to any pressure from the SPDC, and it is one-sided pressure.

Q: How can Thailand choose to play with Rangoon in terms of policy? How can Thailand improve relations so as to solve drug problems, illegal immigration and refugee problems?

A: Issues related to Burma should come down to the internal political situations in Burma, and Thailand must deal with that. So actually, in theory, the policy is very good because at least we have action when we hear that Thailand is willing to play a mediating role to solve conflict in Burma. But what we’ve seen until now is only lip service. So far, Thailand has failed to transform policy into action.



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