At the end of a meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Foreign MinisterAnifah Aman and the Indonesian Marsundi Retno have agreed to give humanitarian assistance to 7,000 migrants stranded at sea for several weeks. The agreement plans to give these people a temporary refuge for a maximum period of one year, after which they will need to find asylum in other countries or go back to their own country. Thailand has also attended the summit, but has not yet delivered its decision. Most of the migrants belong to the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma, while others come from Bangladesh.
This morning, roughly 300 migrants were rescued by fishermen while they were off at sea in front of Indonesia, while in the last few hours,102 other migrants were rescued off the coast of the Indonesian province of Aceh.
An applause for the Ministers ‘ decision comes from the international migration Organization, which welcomed the agreement between Malaysia and Indonesia, but has also denounced the lack of an agreement on search and rescue operations.