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Malaysia, Indonesia to let 'boat people' ashore

Reporter: Tony Cheng 丨 CCTV.com

05-21-2015 16:24 BJT

A major diplomatic breakthrough that could ease Southeast Asia's migrant crisis. But the offer is temporary and Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking international help for what they call a global problem. So what has prompted this change of mind.

"I think the situation of the migrants themselves. We've seen some of them coming ashore in Indonesia in the last couple of days, with stories of the desperate conditions that exist on those boats," CCTV reporter Tony Chen said.

"This morning, NGOs are urging the navies of Indonesia, Malaysia to get out on the open seas and try and find these boats because some of them which have been in contact with various organizations on the land have been out of contact of several days now."

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