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3rd Army commander to discuss preparations with Myanmar officials Aug 1-3

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Thailand’s 3rd Army commander will discuss preparations to repatriate Burmese refugees from nine camps along the Thai border during a summit with Myanmar officials Aug 1-3. 

The Mae La refugee camp near Mae Sot, on the Thai-Myanmar border, is home to a dwindling number of Karen World War II veterans and their widows. - Mark Fenn

An army source said Lt Gen Preecha Chan-ocha, co-chairman of the Thai-Myanmar Regional Border Committee, will attend the RBC meeting in Mergui. The regularly scheduled sessions typically focus on joint drug suppression, co-existence of Thai and Burmese residents in the border zone, migrant workers and other issues.

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