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Wednesday October 12, 2005

KL not slighted by Bangkok’s rejection


SEPANG: The Government is not slighted by Bangkok's rejection of the proposed bilateral talks on the issue involving 131 Thais taking refuge in Kelantan. 

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, who said this, added that Malaysia had always adopted an “open approach” to discussing issues. 

He reiterated that Malaysia's relationship with Thailand was cordial and could not be jeopardised by this issue.  

“It is up to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra if he wants to have discussions with us on the issue,” Syed Hamid told reporters at the KL International Airport upon arrival from Myanmar. “As for Malaysia, we welcome discussions and will act in accordance with our interest. 

“We shouldn’t be singling out this issue to portray the status of relations between the two countries. I also like to stress again that we do not support separative movements, nor will we allow our land to be used for any such action.”  

According to wire reports from Bangkok, Thaksin had rejected Malaysia’s offer to have bilateral discussions to resolve the issue involving the 131 Thais, who crossed the border following the unrest in the country's southern provinces.  

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