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Thailand launches regional meet calling for migrant crisis framework

BANGKOK - Thailand's foreign minister called on Friday for concerted action to tackle irregular migration in the Indian Ocean, as regional nations met in the for talks aimed at preventing another "boat people" crisis.
Representatives from Southeast Asian countries are meeting in Bangkok to hash out a framework to deal with tens of thousands of migrants, most from Myanmar and Bangladesh, who make perilous voyages across the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea every year.
"It's clear that we need an explicit and efficient mechanism to manage and control the negative impacts of irregular migration," Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said in opening remarks.
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