Published: 26/10/2009 at 01:55 PM
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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.
He urged the government to announce an indefinite delay of parliament’s consideration of three memoranda of understanding on Thai-Cambodian border talks over the 4.6-square-kilometre area in dispute around the Preah Vihear temple, as required by Article 190 of the constitution, to show its dissatisfaction with the Cambodian leader.
Mr Khamnoon said most people werevery unhappy with Hun Sen’s announced stance, which had sowed the seeds of conflict between the Thai and Cambodian people.
Therefore, the prime minister should counter Hun Sen’s action with a formal statement..
Mr Paiboon called on the government to adopt a tough policy with Cambodia and give more importance to national integrity and existence than to trivial economic interests.