Report – By Joe Cochrane
Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to take in thousands of migrants stranded at sea until they can be sent home or resettled in a third country, in the first official action by Southeast Asian nations to try to resolve a crisis well into its second week.
Responding to international pressure to save the migrants, many of whom have been adrift in rickety boats for weeks with little food or water, the agreement yesterday by the foreign ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand was a potential lifesaver even as experts said it offered only a temporary fix to deeper problems.
It reverses the previous position of those governments, whose navies had been pushing boatloads of desperate migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar away from their shores in what international aid groups characterized as a dangerous game of human ping-pong. Read more »