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24 October 2009 :: 17:10:24 pm 31595

Thai Government Won’t Issue Statement on Hun Sen’s Remarks

CHA-AM, Oct 24 (TNA) -- The Thai government has no plan to issue a statement in response to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's recent remarks that the Cambodian government is willing to allow ousted, former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to take refuge in that country, according to Panitan Wattanayakorn, deputy secretary-general to the Thai premier.
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Dr Panitan, acting government spokesman, said the two prime ministers also have no schedule to meet on the sidelines of the current 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit being held in the Thai resorts of Hua Hin and Cha-am.

Every ASEAN member wants to see the grouping to move forward and to continue enjoying warm relations, Dr Panitan said. Opinions expressed over the two countries? politics should be considered as personal and Thailand will not issue a statement.

Thailand wants to solve problems “in a peaceful manner” and to arrive at similar opinions, he said. Thailand doesn?t want problems within ASEAN or with its neighbours.

Mr Hun Sen reiterated on Friday upon his arrival for the ASEAN summit that his government would allow Mr Thaksin, now in a self-imposed exile, to take refuge in Cambodia and that Cambodia would not extradite him.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday said that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen may have received incorrect information about Mr Thaksin, and should not allow himself to be used as a ‘pawn’.

Ousted in a bloodless coup in September 2006, Mr Thaksin has been living in exile, mostly in the United Arab Emirates, after being sentenced to a two-year prison term for abusing his power when he was prime minister to help his ex-wife purchase prime land in Bangkok?s Ratchadapisek Road. (TNA)

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Thai PM hits back at Hun Sen over Thaksin

CHA-AM, Oct 23 (TNA) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday said that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen may have received incorrect information about former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and should not allow himself to be used as a ‘pawn’.

The Thai premier commented after Mr Hun Sen asserted that Mr Thaksin could remain in Cambodia as his guest and could be his economic advisor, saying he was not interfering in Thailand’s internal affairs but that Cambodia has the right to exercise its sovereignty and make such a decision.

Mr Hun Sen offered his comment as he set foot on Thai soil Friday evening to attend the 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which opened Friday morning in the Thai seaside resort towns of Cha-am and Hua Hin.

In response to questions regarding his government’s statement that Cambodia would reject any Thai request to extradite Mr Thaksin if he accepts an invitation for refuge in Cambodia, Mr Hun Sen told reporters to read the extradition treaty thoroughly to understand why the former Thai premier, whom he described as his friend, can stay in Cambodia as a guest of the Cambodian government.

The Cambodian government’s earlier statement said that the extradition treaty between Thailand and Cambodia clearly indicated that extradition cannot be made on the grounds of political offenses.

 

 “A lot of people talked about Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi. Why not Thaksin who is also a similar victim,”  Mr Hun Sen asked.

“The current situation would not have happened,” he said, “had there been no September 2006 in Thailand.”

Ousted in a bloodless coup, ex-premier Thaksin jumped bail and fled his being sentenced to a two-year jail term for malfeasance in the controversial Bangkok Ratchadapisek land purchase case. The toppled Thai premier now spends most of his time in the United Arab Emirates after his status as a visitor was rejected by a number of countries including both the United Kingdom and Germany.

Mr Abhisit said Mr Hun Sen may have received incorrect information and that was why he compared Mr Thaksin to Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

I don’t know how many people share his view that Thaksin is like Aung San Suu Kyi. I doubt there are many in the world, for very obvious reasons. And I would say this, that he is here for an ASEAN meeting. We are here to build a community which means solidarity, which means unity. I don’t want him to be a victim or a pawn for somebody that undermines the interests of this country and interests of the region and I am sure that when he is better informed, he will change his mind,” the Thai prime minister said. (TNA)

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Abhisit: Thailand to seek Thaksin’s extradition if he stays in Cambodia

BANGKOK, Oct 22 (TNA) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday said Thailand would seek to extradite ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra from Cambodia if he stays there following the invitation of Prime Minister Hun Sen to host the former Thai leader in his country.

Mr Abhisit commented after former Thai prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyuth, chairman of the opposition Puea Thai Party, visited Phnom Penh to meet the Cambodian leader who was quoted as saying that Thaksin was a “political victim” and is welcome in Cambodia any time he wishes to stay.

The Thai premier however said he was not surprised by the remarks, saying Mr Hun Sen has told him several times that he was a friend of Mr Thaksin.

“Mr Hun Sen has repeatedly told me that that he could separate personal relations from duty and international relations,” Mr Abhisit said.

“I don’t think (Mr Hun Sen’s recent remarks) would affect bilateral relations as both Thailand and Cambodia must bear in mind their own national interests and good relations as an ultimate aim in their policy implementation.”
The Thai premier added that his government would seek the extradition of Mr Thaksin once it is established that he is staying in the neighbouring country.

Ousted in a bloodless coup in September 2006, convicted and sentenced to a two-year jail term for malfeasance in the controversial Bangkok Ratchadapisek land purchase, Mr Thaksin now spends most of his time in the United Arab Emirates after his status as a visitor was rejected by a number of countries including both the United Kingdom and Germany.

Prime Minister Abhisit downplayed the absence of Mr Hun Sen at the opening ceremony of the 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit Friday morning, saying nothing is unusual as some country leaders are also unable to attend the ceremony as they are busily engaged with other important missions in their own countries.

The ASEAN summit and its related summits are scheduled to be held in the Thai seaside resorts town of Cha-am and Hua Hin October 23 to 25.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will not be able to arrive in Thailand in time of the opening ceremony of the ASEAN summit, said Vitavas Srivihok, director-general of Thailand’s ASEAN Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Mr Yudhoyono is forming his cabinet, while Mr Najib is scheduled to deliver a statement on the government’s budget to the parliament.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, while the Plus+3 countries are China, Japan and South Korea, and the ASEAN+6  are the 13 plus India, Australia and New Zealand. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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