The Thai authorities are probing reasons for the Burmese government’s continued closure of the Myawaddy-Tak border crossing, on the Moei River near Mae Sot.

But the border closure by the Burmese authorities is believed to be only a temporary measure.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Panadda Disakul said the Tak governor, the Third Army Region and a Naresuan Task Force in charge of Tak’s border areas are coordinating with the Burmese authorities, following Tuesday’s closure of the Myawaddy border point where trading between traders from both sides of the border had previously been hectic.

Burma is believed to have closed the Myawaddy border in retaliation to the earlier closing of Three Pagodas border point in Kanchanaburi province by the Thai authorities, following last week’s kidnapping of two Thai Border Patrol police officer by the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), a Karen Buddhist faction allied to the Burmese military junta, at the western Thai border district of Sangkhlaburi in Kanchanaburi province.

Tak Industrial Council chairman Amnart Nanthaharn called on the authorities to negotiate with their Burmese counterparts to quickly reopen the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border point. Otherwise, he said, crossborder trading between Thailand and Burma worth 30 million to 40 million baht daily would be affected.

Through the border point, Thailand has imported fresh seafood from Burma and exported construction materials, footwear and tyres to the neighbouring country.