Threat to close Thai-Myanmar border

The border at Mae Sot
The border at Mae Sot

Karen authorities who control two key border crossings between Thailand and Myanmar have threatened to close their gates in a dispute with their Thai counterparts.

The Bangkok Post reports that Thai authorities are planning to strictly enforce the border crossing opening hours of 0530 to 2030 from Wednesday (16 November), but the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF) want more relaxed timings.

The BGF has now threatened to close its side of the border all the way from Mae Sot in Thailand’s Tak province to Three Pagodas Pass in Kanchanaburi.

The newspaper quoted the BGF head as saying; “I don’t want that to happen, but as talks did not lead to an understanding, [the border] will be closed.”

Other crossing points not controlled by the BGF, such as Mae Sai in the north and Ranong in the south, will not be affected.

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