Thai border security has been wondering whether the Burmese government led by U Thein Sein and the armed forces led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing are at cross purposes when it comes to the ongoing peace process, according to senior security sources.
The question emerged following the Regional level Border Committee (RBC) meeting in Cha-am held last week, which coincided with the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) organized conference in Chiangmai, 29-31 August.
The preparatory team for the Burmese delegation had reportedly accused Thailand of supporting armed groups opposing the government.
“It was soon after we had arranged for the transit of the ABSDF (All Burma Students Democratic Front) delegation to Maesao (opposite Tachilek), at the request of the Burmese government,” said a senior official. “U Aung Min (Naypyitaw’s chief negotiator) whenever he comes to Thailand has always asked for cooperation from the Thai government to assist in its peace process.”
A resource person to the Working Group for Ethnic Coordination (WGEC) had counseled earlier