Thailand Military Denies Supplying Rice to Myanmar Junta

Thailand’s army has denied supplying rice to units of Myanmar’s Junta, saying that any food being sent over the border was “part of normal trade.”

Commander of the Naresuan Force Major General Amnat Srimak said that they had not been receiving any request for help from the Myanmar junta.

“The Thai army is not supplying the Myanmar army and there has been no contact from the Myanmar army requesting help or demanding any assistance from us because they have their own honour,” he said in a statement.

“If there is anything, I think there is regular commerce at normal border crossings,” Amnat said.

He clarified that they have not been blocking the conduct if it is not against the law and follows customs procedures.

Myanmar’s military is facing international condemnation over the February 1 coup and bloody crackdowns on the protest against the military rule have killed nearly 250 people.

Direct Thai assistance to the Myanmar military would likely draw criticism from supporters of the ousted government that were led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Nobel peace laureate has been detained in Myanmar since the coup.

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