www.chinaview.cn 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 »