In Phuket, Deputy PM Denies Thailand is 'Pushing Away' Rohingyas

Defence Minister and Deputy PM Gen Prawit Wongsuwan speaking in Phuket on 18 May 2015 [The Phuket News]

(The Phuket News)

PHUKET  Defence Minister and Deputy PM Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, has denied emphatically that Thailand is pushing Rohingya refugee boats away from its shores.

“They [the Rohingya] are demanding to go to a third country,” he told journalists after flying in from Bangkok with national police chief Gen Somyot Poompanmuang for a meeting at the Royal Thai Navy 3rd Fleet HQ at Cape Panwa.

“So please be careful in your choice of words. What we are doing cannot be called ‘pushing’. We are giving them humanitarian assistance but we also have to follow the immigration laws of Thailand.

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