Myanmar Refuses To Reopen Border Crossing With Thailand

HANOI, June 10 (Bernama) — Myanmar will not reopen the long-closed Phaya Thonzu border crossing with Thailand before the controversial boundary is formally demarcated, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Myanmar Minister of Commerce Than Myint told the House of Representatives (lower house) on Thursday that border trade activities and cross-border movement can only be made after the demarcation.

The matter of reopening of the border crossing was submitted to the Thai-Myanmar Joint Boundary Committee in 1999 and 2002, but was rejected by Myanmar.

The Phaya Thonzu border crossing was opened in 1993 but was closed in 2007, forcing a halt in commodity flow, and triggering unemployment among locals.