Monday, February 4, 2013

Myanmar confirm observer status at US-Thai military exercise

Monday, 04 February 2013 11:19 The Bangkok Post

Myanmar will send two officers to observe the Cobra Gold military exercise this month, a senior Thai armed forces official said on Thursday.

Members of the Royal Thai Air Force exchange experiences with members of the US Air Force in 1996 during Cobra Gold exercises. (Photo: Petty Officer 2nd Class Gloria J. Barry, U.S. Navy /

The drill set for Feb 11-21 in Chiang Mai will be joined by Myanmar for the first time.

Lt-Gen Tarnchiyan Srisuwan, director of Joint Operations of the Supreme Command, said Myanmar will be among 101 countries to send representatives to observe the exercise.

This year, 12,700 soldiers from Thailand, the United States, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia will be involved in Cobra Gold, which will include a beach landing exercise in Chon Buri and Rayong provinces.

The Thai-US annual event will focus on peacekeeping and disaster relief practices, he added.
This article first appeared in The Bangkok Post on January 31, 2013.
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