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Suu Kyi's trip to Thai refugee camp nixed

By Xinhua

Suu Kyi's trip to Thai refugee camp nixed
Myanmar State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi attends a joint press conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (not pictured ) in Naypyidaw on June 17, 2016. (YE AUNG THU / AFP)

BANGKOK - A planned visit by Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to a Myanmar refugee camp in western Thailand, earlier scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled, said a Thai government official on Thursday.

Suu Kyi, who is also the country's foreign minister, currently visiting Thailand, has been informed of the Thai government's decision to call off her planned trip to Tham Hin refugee camp, which has provided "temporary" shelter for more than 6,000 Myanmar refugees since the past few decades, according to the government official who only spoke on condition that he can not be identified.

The cancellation of the planned trip to Tham Hin refugee camp for Suu Kyi, was notified to her staff on Wednesday, said the official attached to the provincial administration which looks after the refugee camp in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

No reason for the abrupt cancellation of Suu Kyi's planned visit to the refugee camp was cited.

Besides a meeting with Thai Premier Prayut Chan-o-cha, Suu Kyi earlier planned to visit a Myanmar community in Samut Sakorn province, about 30 km southwest of Bangkok, and Tham Hin refugee camp in Ratchaburi province, about 70 km west of the Thai capital.

More than 105,000 Myanmar nationals have taken "temporary" refuge provided in several western and northwestern provinces along the Thai-Myanmar border.

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