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Southeast Asia refugee crisis has reached 'alarming level,' meeting hears
Southeast Asia refugee crisis has reached 'alarming level,' meeting hears

The influx of refugees “has reached an alarming level,” Thailand’s Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn said Friday as representatives from 17 countries gathered at a Bangkok hotel to discuss a crisis that has engulfed the region for weeks. About 3,500 migrants have arrived in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, after either washing up on the shore or being rescued at sea by local fishermen. Scores of others are thought to be adrift on the Andaman Sea and in the Bay of Bengal with dwindling supplies of food and water. “No country can solve this problem alone,” Tanasak said in introductory remarks at the Anantara Siam, a luxury Bangkok hotel with...

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