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Myanmar Crisis

Thailand 'prepared' to take Myanmar refugees, says Prayuth

Thousands said to have already fled across border, as PM reluctantly relents

Tha Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday said the country was "prepared" to accept refugees from Myanmar and denied claims that he supported the junta's use of violence.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday the kingdom is ready to accommodate a flood of Myanmar refugees, albeit reluctantly, as the government expects thousands more to cross the border.

"We don't want to have an exodus into our territory, but we have to take care of human rights, too," Prayuth told reporters on Monday. "We have prepared an area for the influx. Organizing shelter or refugee centers -- we have not talked about that yet," the prime minister added.

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