Thais work­ing in Syria ‘safe’

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL - WASSANA NANUAM AEKARACH SAT­TABU­RUTH

Thai au­thor­i­ties are closely mon­i­tor­ing de­vel­op­ments in Syria to make sure Thais liv­ing and work­ing in the re­gion re­main safe, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (NSC).

NSC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Wan­lop Rak­sanoh said the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and var­i­ous other au­thor­i­ties are keep­ing tabs on Thai na­tion­als in Syria and oth­ers work­ing in the re­gion.

How­ever, he said there is no in­di­ca­tion tensions in the re­gion would es­ca­late be­cause re­cent air strikes led by the US were lim­ited to tar­gets in the west­ern part of the re­gion and were un­likely to pose any threat to south­east­ern ar­eas.

Gen Wan­lop said the sit­u­a­tion may af­fect oil prices be­cause Syria is a ma­jor oil pro­ducer and could cause tur­bu­lence in the mar­ket. He was asked how the sit­u­a­tion in Syria could af­fect the coun­try.

For­eign Min­is­ter Don Pra­mud­winai said yes­ter­day two Thai na­tion­als liv­ing in Syria have been con­firmed safe.

He said the As­so­ci­a­tion of South East Asian Na­tions (Asean) is keep­ing a close watch on de­vel­op­ments in Syria and has not adopted a stance on the is­sue.

“As an­a­lysts point out, if tensions do es­ca­late, the world com­mu­nity, not just Thai­land, will be af­fected. So every­one is con­cerned and wants those in­volved to seek to re­solve it,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Don, it is also im­por­tant that agen­cies con­cerned are al­lowed to in­spect and ver­ify chem­i­cal weapon re­search fa­cil­i­ties in Syria, as the use of such weapons prompted the US-led air strikes.

Asked about spec­u­la­tion that Rus­sia’s stance on the Syria cri­sis would lead to fur­ther con­flict, the min­is­ter said he be­lieved the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity would do its best to avert an es­ca­la­tion.

CHINNAWAT SINGHA

A cor­ru­gated zinc sheet is torn off a roof by strong winds in Phit­san­u­lok yes­ter­day. The prov­ince was buf­feted by sum­mer storms which dam­aged more than 10 houses and top­pled sev­eral trees in Wat Bot district.

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