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US urges Asian nations not 'to push back' migrant boats

Rohingya migrants are pictured on a boat off the southern Thai island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman Sea on May 14, 2015The United States on Friday upped the pressure on Southeast Asian nations, urging them not to float boatloads of desperate migrants back out to sea. US Secretary of State John Kerry called his Thai counterpart late Thursday “to discuss the situation of migrants in the Andaman Sea and to discuss the possibility of Thailand providing temporary shelter for them,” a State Department spokesman said. “We urge the countries of the region to work together quickly, first and foremost to save the lives of migrants now at sea who are in need of an immediate rescue effort,” spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters.

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