Border trade has returned to normal at most of the Thai-Burmese border points but traders on the Maesot-Myawaddy border continue to be harassed since Burmese authorities have only partially reopened the border.
The Burmese authorities have only re-opened the friendly bridge between Maesot and Myawaddy, but other check gates including the river gates, mainly used for carrying goods and commodities, remain closed, said a Burmese volunteer close to the trading circle in Maesot.
People can pass through the friendly bridge but goods and commodities are taxed and all other routes are closed, said Aung Din.
Following the military coup in Thailand on Tuesday, the country closed all its border points with Burma for five days and re-opened it on Sunday.
Burmese authorities were enraged by Thailands sudden closure of the border points without prior notice and hence are deliberately continuing to keep its border closed, said Aung Din.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that trade has resumed in Tachilek-Maesai and Kawhthaung-Ranong on the Thai-Burmese border points with the re-opening of the border passes on Sunday.
Mizzima News: Tue 26 Sep 2006