Author: Pyae Soe

On the first anniversary of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan’s deadliest border war, marked in September, irascible Kyrgyz national-security chief Kamchybek Tashiev aired his frustrations at the slow progress in talks aimed at demarcating the disputed frontier. Tajikistan, said Tashiev, was making “territorial claims” against Kyrgyzstan in the talks. “But our answer is that there should be no such claims,” Tashiev fumed, noting ominously that Kyrgyzstan had found “new documents” related to the border. “Based on those, we know that many parts of Kyrgyzstan had been given to Tajikistan,” he claimed. “If [Tajikistan] does not renounce its territorial claims against Kyrgyzstan then…

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As part of a broader outreach to Central Asia, the Vice President of the European Commission (EC), Mr. Margaritis Schinas, paid official visit to Tajikistan on January 16.  Vice President Schinas met with Prime Minister of Tajikistan Qohir Rasoulzoda, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sirojiddin Muhriddin, and Minister of Industry and New Technologies Sherali Kabias to discuss the priorities of cooperation between Tajikistan and the European Union (EU).  In his interview with Asia-Plus, Mr. Schinas told about the EU’s Global Gateway strategy, contribution education in Tajikistan and common values.    Q. What issues will be in the focus of attention during the…

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Thai hostages freed after weeks being held captive by Hamas in Gaza have spoken of their relief after returning to Bangkok, where they were welcomed home by overjoyed relatives. A group of 17 Thai nationals arrived on a flight from Israel on Thursday after Bangkok’s foreign ministry and Thai Muslim groups worked to negotiate their release. At least 32 Thais were abducted by Hamas fighters when they attacked Israel on October 7, killing 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapping about 240 others, according to Israeli authorities. At least 39 Thais were killed in the attack, according to the Thai government. When…

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National Police Chief Police General Torsak Sukvimol revealed that of the 1,320 cases linked to guns, the majority centred on illicit sales and wrongful firearm ownership. The crackdown’s focal point? To stem the tide of gun violence, a recent wave of which involved technical college students settling scores most alarmingly. Klong Toey witnessed an incident on Nov 11, followed by another in Dusit district a week later, underscoring the urgency of the issue. Pol. Gen. Torsak warns that illegal firearms are a reality in this country. Continuous suppression operations are crucial. The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) is stepping into the breach. Police…

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Vientiane, Laos – Keo remembers the day he consumed so much yaba that he “lost his mind.” The 37-year-old from Laos took more of the drug – a potent combination of methamphetamine and caffeine – than he had ever done before. “I took 10 pills and I was totally lost. I didn’t recognise my family, I didn’t even recognise my children,” the father of two told Al Jazeera at the Transformation Center, a drug rehab facility 25km (16 miles) outside the Lao capital Vientiane, where he is receiving treatment. “I couldn’t sleep at all. I didn’t drink, I didn’t eat. I…

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An UK-Vietnam business forum was held in London on October 16 by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the West London Chamber of Commerce (WLCC), bringing together businesses from the two countries. The forum, part of activities of a delegation from the VCCI and northern Hai Duong province in the UK from October 15-18, aims to introduce potential, business and investment opportunities in Vietnam in general and Hai Duong in particular to UK enterprises and connect the business communities of both sides to cooperate more effectively, making the most of the UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA).Addressing the event, Ambassador to the UK…

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New Delhi: India participated in the Myanmar government’s commemorative event to mark eight years of the Nationwide Ceasefire agreement on Sunday, October 25 – an event which is part of Nyay Pyi Taw’s charm offensive to bring back ethnic armed groups into a peace process which had been scuttled by the coup two years ago.  This is the first time that the Myanmar junta has hosted a public event with ethnic leaders since the military coup toppled the civilian government and imprisoned civilian leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi. The ceasefire agreement was signed in October 2015 between the Myanmar government…

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Thailand’s new government announced yesterday that it will temporarily waive tourist visa requirements for visitors from China, in an attempt to revive the country’s economically pivotal tourism industry. Thailand’s new government announced yesterday that it will temporarily waive tourist visa requirements for visitors from China, in an attempt to revive the country’s economically pivotal tourism industry. Relevant authorities had been consulted to ensure that they are ready to handle the expected surge in travelers, said Srettha, who took office on September 5. According to The Associated Press, the government proposed the measure due to the likelihood that the number of Chinese tourists this year…

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Myanmar junta’s Union Election Commission (UEC) and 37 political parties that have registered for a proposed general election met in Naypyitaw on Monday to discuss the opening of party offices. Under the junta’s Political Parties Registration Law, parties running in a general election have 180 days to open offices in at least 50 percent of Myanmar’s townships after their registration is approved. More than 60 parties have applied for UEC registration and only 37 have been approved. Parties contesting in a single region or state are required to open at least five township offices. The military proxy Union Solidarity and…

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BANGKOK – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has held discussions with the Royal Thai Government (RTG) on the situation of refugees and stateless people in the country during a three-day visit which concludes on Tuesday. In line with Thailand’s longstanding tradition of providing humanitarian protection and assistance to people fleeing unrest and conflict, the High Commissioner advocated for the country to maintain open borders and observe the principle of non-refoulement. Grandi visited the Tham Hin Temporary Shelter in Ratchaburi Province, where he was welcomed by refugees from Myanmar who shared with him their experiences and hopes…

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