In the far-reaching northern landscape of the Shan state, near the Chinese frontier, rests the town of Kokong. A turmoil-filled zone where the eternity of the past month has witnessed relentless combat between the Myanmar military and the ferocious ethnic armed groups recognized as the Brotherhood Alliance.
With apparent concern etched on his face, Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara, the Foreign Minister, revealed that Thai administrators have been tirelessly communicating with their Myanmar equivalents. Their collective aim being the swift and safe arrival of the Thai labor force that is currently entombed in the clutches of Laukkaing town.
Earlier news hoisted the alarming situation to public’s attention when it was unveiled that a staggering number of more than 200 Thai citizens, have unknowingly found themselves stranded in a conflict-ridden zone. A duplicitous Chinese call-centre criminal outfit in Laukkaing lured them into this precarious predicament.
Committed to homecoming their stranded populace, the repatriation endeavour has been spearheaded by the Royal Thai Army. A strategic transportation plan, using buses, has been put into immediate effect. The buses will commence their journey from Laukkaing and travel through Nanteng, before reaching Kengtung in the Shan state. Their final stop will be Tachileik, a point from where the Thais could meander their way through the Mae Sai border checkpoint and finally set foot on their native land.
Bahiddha-Nukara enlightened that the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Sarun Charoensuwan, spent his Friday conferring with Myanmar’s ambassador to Thailand, U Chit Swe. The leaders endeavoured to refine their strategy to expedite the return of the remaining Thai citizens.
U Chit Swe, the ambassador, assured that the Myanmar government would extend their full assistance in the evacuation of the stranded Thais, revealed Mr. Bahiddha-Nukara.
The Thai ministry has reportedly also been in talks with the Chinese authority, painstakingly coordinating with them to secure their aid in the ongoing repatriation mission. A mission focused on bringing their stranded citizens home, concluded Parnpree.