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07 November 2009 :: 09:11:30 am 31442

Thailand May Close Thai-Cambodian Border: Deputy Pm

BANGKOK, Nov 6 (TNA) Thailand may consider closing the Thai-Cambodian border if Cambodia still adopts a hardline approach to the bilateral ties, said Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban.
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Thailand had been tolerant but had to apply diplomatic channel to downgrade relations after Cambodian issued an official statement appointing ousted and convicted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as an advisor. How long it is going to be depends on the next stance of the Cambodian side, he said.

Mr Suthep said that the situation at border is still normal and doesn?t intensify to the certain level that needs reinforcement.

He said he has not yet contacted Cambodian prime minister. Thailand may consider sealing off the border if Cambodia responds in an uncompromising manner. There has been no report that Thai businesses there are affected by downgraded relations.

Mr Suthep said he ordered police deployment to protect the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok and that Cambodia should also do the same to protect Thai embassy and Thai businesses there.


The Thai government may set up a joint committee of the Attorney General, the police and the minister of foreign affairs to prepare to ask for the extradition of Mr Thaksin, said Mr Suthep.

He affirmed that the row is the issue of the two neighbouring countries. It’s not an international issue and doesn’t need the of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) country to mediate. (TNA)







BANGKOK, Nov 6 (TNA) The diplomatic spat between Thailand and Cambodia did not originate from a conflict of interest between the two countries but in a personal matter, as Thailand considered Cambodia could not distinguish between personal affairs andnational ties, according to Mr Chavanont Intarakomalsut, Secretary to the Thai Foreign Minister.

Mr Chavanont said the opportunity for talks remains open to find a solution to the problem.

He said it was the duty of the foreign ministry to protect the kingdom’s rights and protect the feelings of the Thai people. The foreign ministry recalled the Thai ambassador to Cambodia to express our dissatisfaction. Secondly the ministry will also review all agreements between the two countries along with any other cooperation taking place.

He said the ministry’s action was a standard diplomatic reaction to protest to Cambodia following its appointment of convicted ex-Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra as economic advisor to the Cambodian government and personal advisor to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The ministry hoped that the Cambodian government would reconsider its ecision and realised that it should distinguish between personal interests and the mutual interests of the two countries, he said.

Mr Chavanont said he believed there was no need for a mediator at the moment as the problem was between Thailand and Cambodia.

He added that the meeting result of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission (JBC) scheduled to be considered in Parliament on November 9 would not be delayed as it was aimed to solve the border disputes problems and should not be prolonged.

Postponing the meeting result could affect the people who lived in the border area, he said, adding that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had reaffirmed that any diplomatic measures should not affect the people of the two countries.

At the moment, the situation was not critical to the extent that the government must prepare a plan to evacuate Thais from Cambodia, but the Thai Embassy has been informed to closely monitor the situation, he said.

As for the Thai businessmen in Cambodia, he said the embassy had informed them about the situation, stressing that this was a different opinion on legal interpretation and that he believed the problem could be solved peacefully.

Second Army Area Commander Lt-Gen. Weewalit Jornsamrit said that the situation along the Thai-Cambodian border was normal, and no reinforcements were noted by either country.

He said the armed forces of the two countries still have good understanding and maintain relations, he said, adding that both armed forces shared the opinion that the problem was between the governments and they are trying to solve the problem.

He added that the border situation was normal, border trade was usual but if there was need to evacuate Thais, the armed forces were ready to do that. (TNA)


BANGKOK, Nov 6 (TNA) – Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Kasit Piromya said he would ask the cabinet to consider revoking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Thailand and Cambodia on overlapping maritime boundaries in the Gulf of Thailand as the MoU would be affected by the appointment of convicted former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as economic advisor to Cambodian government.

The MoU regarding the Area of their Overlapping Maritime Claims to the Continental Shelf, dated 18 June 2001 was signed by then-foreign minister Surakiart Sathirathai and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An during the Thaksin Shinawatra administration. Mr Kasit said the government had ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to review all existing bilateral agreements and cooperation projects made with Cambodia and review ongoing cooperation that the Thai government has extended to Cambodia.

Having learned that Mr Thaksin has been appointed as an economic advisor to the government of Cambodia, he said, the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs will propose to the Cabinet that the said MOU be terminated.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is of the view that the appointment of Mr Thaksin will directly affect negotiations between Thailand and Cambodia under the framework of this MOU due to the fact that Mr Thaksin was directly involved in the negotiation process. Furthermore, the ministry believes that the overlapping claims of area between Thailand and Cambodia are matters of national interest, in particular, when considering that the overlapping area is over 26,000 square kilometres and has great potential in terms of natural resources.


Negotiations on this matter thus affect immensely the economic and national security of Thailand. Therefore, the ministry deems it appropriate to proceed on this matter with public participation in line with democratic principles enshrined in the provisions of the present Constitution.

Negotiations under the framework of the MOU 2001 during the previous eight years have produced no progress. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes both countries should employ other avenues of negotiation in accordance with the principles of international law to achieve an equitable solution. (TNA)

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