Conflict over trucks operating between Thailand and Myanmar

Thai and Myanmar officials are in conflict over the operation of cargo trucks travelling between Thailand’s Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province and the Thachilek township in Myanmar.

The conflict stems from an order from Mae Sai district chief officer, Prasong La-on, forbidding trucks and vans from Thachilek from entering inner areas of the Thai district, to pick up goods from various warehouses to be transported back to Myanmar, as part of the lockdown measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 into Thailand.

More than 200 vans from Thachilek travel into the inner areas of Mae Sai district each day to pick up goods, as well as trucks which are allowed into the district to take fuel and construction materials back to Myanmar, on the condition that

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