They [Burmese refugees] have been in Thailand for more than 20 years and it became our burden to take care of them…I cannot say when we will close down the camps, but we intend to do it. We are now in the process of discussion with the Burmese government.

Tawin Pleansri, Secretary-General of Thailand’s National Security Council, as quoted in Andrew Buncombe, “Anger over Thai plan to return Burmese refugees”, The Independent, 13 April 2011.