THAILAND - A Government House source said Thein Sein told Yingluck that he was willing to look into their situation but those found involved in drugs and war weapons must stand trial. A reduction of their sentence was possible while they would be assured good care in prison, he said.
Thein Sein also thanked Thailand and the Thai people for their support for his country while undertaking democratic reforms. Both leaders met during a session and inked two agreements for business deals in Myanmar's Dawei area and development projects elsewhere in Myanmar.
More signings are expected for promoting energy cooperation and upgrading four border crossings from temporary to permanent status.
A military source based in Ranong, across from Myanmar's Koh Song where the Thais are being held, said that by Friday, Thai detainees not charged for crimes, or not found at fault in nonfelonies, or women and children could be separated out and undergo legal procedures and court trials.
A group of Ranong residents whose relatives were among the 92 Thai detainees, before learning that Yingluck and Thein Sein finally discussed the issue, had gathered outside an Army outpost and expressed disappointment upon learning that both leaders did not bring up the matter.
Weeratham Yimwan, a villager, said he hopes that those not involved in crimes would be finally released, while the wrongdoers should be sentenced.