Thaksin not to reside in Cambodia: Thai opposition leader 2009-10-31 14:40:02

BANGKOK, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) — Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra refused to permanently reside in Cambodia as hedid not want to create problem to Thailand, opposition Puea Thai Party Chairman Chavalit Yongchaiyuth said Saturday.

“I asked him through people close him why he did not stay in Cambodia as it is near home and family, Thaksin said that he did not want to create problem,” the INN news agency quoted Chavalit, deputy prime minister in Thaksin’s administration as saying.

It was a test of Thaksin’s thought, he said.

Thaksin was ousted by a military coup in September 2006 and has been in exile since then. In February 2008, Thaksin returned to Thailand to face corruption charges but later went to exile again and was convicted in absentia.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told reporters during the recent 15th ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit at Thailand’s central beach resort of Hua Hin that Cambodia would not hand over Thaksin to Thailand if Thailand sought his extradition.

Hun Sen also said that he could appoint Thaksin as his economic advisor. Read more »

Cambodia curbs demonstrations

By Tim Johnston

Published: October 22 2009 03:00 | Last updated: October 22 2009 03:00

Advocates of free speech say a law passed yesterday by Cambodia’s legislature limiting the size of demonstrations is the latest example of increasing intolerance.

The parliament – dominated by the Cambodian People’s party of Hun Sen, prime minister – passed the law with the aim of ensuring “public order and national security”. It limits public demonstrations to a maximum of 200 people.

Demonstrations are a popular form of protest in Cambodia. The opposition, outnumbered in parliament, uses them to make political points, but they are also a last resort for groups of impoverished farmers and slum dwellers who say they are the victims in land disputes with developers and allies of the government.

Tim Johnston, Bangkok

Officials downplay planned PAD protest

Friday, 30 October 2009 15:02 Vong Sokheng

A CAMBODIAN official responded Thursday to Thai media reports of a planned protest by People’s Alliance for Democracy members outside the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok on Monday.

The English-language daily newspaper The Nation reported earlier this week that PAD members planned to protest outside the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok in response to comments made by Prime Minister Hun Sen during the weekend’s ASEAN summit in Hua Hin, Thailand, during which he said that Thai ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted in a 2006 coup, had been treated unfairly by Thai authorities.

Hun Sen’s comments were seen as undermining Thailand’s judiciary credibility, The Nation reported.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said Thursday that the government was not surprised by the announced protest.

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Thai-Cambodian Tension Tests Claims of Regional Peace


BANGKOK — The relationship between Southeast Asian neighbors Thailand and Cambodia enters another uneasy stretch following a round of verbal salvoes fired before and during a just concluded regional summit, where much is made of strides in achieving unity.

The Thai media had also stepped into the fray to take on the comments made by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that appeared to get under the skin of the Thai government, host of the 15th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which ran from Oct. 23-25.

A demonstrator holds a banner with pictures of exiled former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen during a rally outside the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok on October 27. (Photo: Reuters)

On Tuesday, one Thai commentator described Hun Sen as a “big bully” for the remarks he made just before flying into Cha-am, the resort town south of Bangkok where the Asean summit was held, and soon after he landed.

“Hun Sen Shows Lack of Class and Tact,” declared the headline of an editorial in a Sunday newspaper. It seethed with anger about the Cambodian leader’s “provocative remarks.”

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PM asked to formally counter Hun Sen

Published: 26/10/2009 at 01:55 PM
Online news: Breakingnews

A small group of senators on Monday called for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to issue a formal response to Cambodian leader Hun Sen’s ”unethical” action in using the Asean summit forum to show his personal support for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Senators Paiboon Nititawan, Khamnoon Sithisamarn and Sumon Sutaviriya said at a press conference that the prime minister’s verbal responses were not enough. He should also issue a formal statement on the Cambodian prime minister’s unethical use of the international forum in Hua Hin.

Mr Khamnoon said the PM’s statement should adhere to diplomatic principles but at the same time clearly show Thailand’s standpoint regarding Thaksin.

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