Thailand's Foreign Minister, Mr. Upadit Pachariyangkun, says his country should not have to carry the?
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HAYDEN: "The problem with the present system is that people arriving in the country are determining their own priority because by one way of the other they are able to obtain passage to Australia. And ion doing this they are queue jumping, they are by passing people like all of these people around here, who have claims at least as high in priority and perhaps even higher. And there are other camps in this country too where there are people with very high claims. Now I think it is unfair to the Thai government to leave them with such a large degree of responsibility in this matter. And I know from my visit to several countries in South East Asia and South Asia up to now, that increasingly that the existence of these refugee camps is being seen as symbol of neglect and arrogant indifference on the part of Western societies which sought fit to interfere in the affairs in this particular region, and then when the consequences arrived in this particular form they have been nowhere attentive as they ought to be."
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Background: Thailand's Foreign Minister, Mr. Upadit Pachariyangkun, says his country should not have to carry the burden or harbouring Indochinese refugees alone. He says the refugees are an international issue deserving greater attention from all countries. Meanwhile the Australian opposition leader, Mr. Bill Hayden, on a tour of Asian countries has visited refugee camps in Thailand and he says Australia should take the initiative by seeking an international conference for the relief of the refugees.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Hyden and his party visited the Si Kiu refugee camp, 200 kilometres (120 miles) north east of Bangkok, last week (3 July). By the end of the visit, they had received more than 300 applications for resettlement in Australia. Si Kiu camp houses 1500 refugees from Vietnam and Laos.
Altogether, Thailand has more than 110,000 Indochinese refugees now living in 15 centres scattered throughout the country. Residents of Si Kiu live in cramped conditions and are banned from leaving the camp. Mr. Hayden says Australia should take more than 9,000 refugees from South East Asian camps this year.