HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY IN SOUTHEAST OF ASIA: UN OFFER SUPPORT In a phone call the UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-Moon, shared his worries about migrants

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International worries are still ongoing about migrants in the southeast of Asia. The UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-Moon expressed his increasing worries about the humanitarian crisis. In a phone call with the PM of Malaysia and Thailand, he offered the help of the UN. The UN public notice reports, “In the conversation with the leader of the area, we stressed the necessity to protect human lives” and to “respect the obligation of saving people at sea” without rejecting refugees.

Last week, international concern was raising, the States were bear down on Southeast countries to welcome migrants whose conditions are getting worse and worse every day. In addition, small ships are starting breaking and they may collapse any moment. The US Secretary, John Kerry, had a phone call with the Thailand Secretary to discuss the situation and Thailand may assist them. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said he is worried and afraid many will die. Nevertheless, in spite of pleas, Indonesia is firm because if it opened to migrants there may be ‘social problems’ explains General Moeldoko, head of the army.

The government of Malaysia has still announced it is meeting the governments of Indonesia and Thailand. Today, Anifha Aman – Malaysian politician – is meeting the Indonesian one, Retno Marsudi. After the first meeting, Anifah will have a private meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tanasak Patimapragorn, probably on May 20th. On Saturday 17th, the government of Birmania washed his hands of the migrants problem and said it may avoid attending the summit for immigration in the Indian Ocean, which is in May 29th in Bangkok.

Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa

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