Migrants wait to be be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on their boat on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas)
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In a major diplomatic breakthrough that could ease Southeast Asia's migrant crisis, Indonesia and Malaysia offered Wednesday to temporarily take in thousands of people who have been stranded at sea but appealed for international help, saying the crisis is a global, not regional, problem.In the past three weeks, more than 3,000 migrants who fled persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh have landed in overcrowded boats on the shores of Southeast Asian countries better known for their white-sand beaches.The mounting crisis prompted Malaysia to call an emergency meeting with the foreign ministers of Indonesia and Thailand on Wednesday. Malaysia is the current chair of the 10-nation grouping of Southeast Asian countries known as ASEAN.It was unclear if all the migrants had been on one vessel or had come from several.One of the migrants, Ubaydul Haque, 30, said the ship's engine had failed and the captain fled, and that they were at sea for four months before the Indonesian fishermen found them.
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