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A key leader of Hmongs at Huay
Namkhao camp in the Khaokhor District of Phetchaboun Province in northeastern Thailand
insists that his people will not voluntarily return to Laos until there is either
an involvement of the United Nation or the other international agencies in
their repatriation process. Although Thai 3rd Regional Army
have employed measures or tactics to put a pressure on them to return to Laos,
there is only a small number of Huay Namkhao Hmongs has voluntarily returned as
the majority of them is concerned about their safety after they have returned.
Therefore, their leader urges Lao and Thai authorities to allow UNHCR
representatives to closely monitor their well-beings and safety after they are
sent back to Laos.
However, Thai and Lao authorities
reaffirm that they will absolutely not allow any third party to be involved
with Huay Namkhoa Hmongs issue as they consider that these Hmongs are illegal
immigrants who sneaked into Thailand versus refugees who fled Laos due to war
or political conflicts.At the same
time, Lao authorities also reaffirm that they are ready to receive these Hmongs
any time upon they go back from Huay Namkhao camp.
And, the Thai authorities insist that they will repatriate all Huay Namkhao
Hmongs to Laos by November, next month, or before Laos hosts the 25th SEA Games
in early December without differentiating between those who used
to serve with CIA and those who did not, despite of the fact that Thai
authorities acknowledged that about 8% of them could have been involved with
CIA in Laos during the Indochina war.