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The Malaysian foreign minister will meet with his counterpart in Bangladesh on Sunday to discuss the crisis migrants in Southeast Asia , at a time in which increased international pressure to address the humanitarian crisis , local media report.
“One of the issues and is a very important issue on the agenda,” said the official news agency Bernama Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.
The meeting with visiting Bagladesh, AH Mahmood Ali, will take place in the city of Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo.
Abandoned at sea
Oenegés activists claim that up to 8,000 people could find themselves adrift in overloaded boats, dying of hunger and disease , after the fledgling firm hand with human trafficking from Thailand traffickers did flee, leaving thousands of men, women and children in the middle of the sea.
About 600 immigrants have found refuge in the province of Aceh, Sumatra, and another 1,100 have arrived in Malaysia but thousands remain adrift at sea.
” We floated and floated, we had nothing, we were very hungry , “he says a young Rohingya has been fortunate to be rescued. This Muslim minority, which includes many immigrants, is persecuted in Burma, a country from which they come but who can not return because they are not recognized citizenship.
In very bad condition, without water or food, in different ships, immigrants can survive as exposed to various diseases. Powers such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have already been denuncidas by the UN as “inhumane” practices by not letting them disembark.
Thailand prepared to welcome
For its part, Thailand said Sunday it is ready to host the boat with at least 450 undocumented immigrants in recent days has sailed adrift off the coast of Thailand and Malaysia, according to a Navy spokesman country.
Wirapong Nakprasit, Thai Navy officer, tells Efe that on three occasions since last Thursday attended the ship with food and water , but immigrants, mostly Rohingya, insisted that they want to go to Malaysia or Indonesia.
” Yesterday the engine fix them because he gave them food and water for a day and a half, enough to reach Indonesia, “he stated the military on the island of Lipe, in southwest Thailand.
Although Thailand has repeatedly stated that its policy is not to accept ships with immigrants, Wirapong said the Navy has a contingency plan to welcome immigrants at risk if humanitarian grounds.