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Govt moves to cool Cambodia protests

Members of the Thai Patriots gather yesterday outside the Cambodian
embassy in Bangkok to demand the release of seven Thais being held in
Phnom Penh. The protest included burning a coffin with a picture of
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. KOSOL NAKACHOL
The source said Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been upset by
protests by a group linked to the People’s Alliance for Democracy.
Members of the Thai Patriots network gathered yesterday in front of
the Cambodian embassy on Pracha Uthit Road to demand the immediate
release of the seven Thais, including Democrat Party MP Panich
Vikitsreth and PAD co-leader Veera Somkwamkid. They burned a coffin
with a picture of Hun Sen on it.
The source said it was feared efforts to secure the release of the seven Thais could be hampered by these activities.
The protesters are vowing to continue their protest until the seven Thais are freed.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry expects the Thais to be tried next
week, after which the ministry would ask Hun Sen to consider allowing
them to return home. The source said the government had told officials
to use GPS technology to pinpoint where the arrests were made.
“We would like to set the facts straight with the group,” the source said.
“If it is proved the seven trespassed on Cambodian soil, we will ask the group to stop protesting,” the source said.
First Army commander Udomdej Seetabutr yesterday met Cambodia’s 5th
military region commander Bun Seng in Aranyaprathet district in Sa Kaeo.
Lt Gen Udomdej told reporters the two men had been unable to reach an agreement.
The 1st Army chief admitted the seven Thais did not ask authorities to escort them when they inspected the disputed border area.
Lt Gen Udomdej said the governments of the two countries must be
left to make a decision on the issue. So far, there have been no troop
reinforcements on the border from both sides, Lt Gen Udomdej said.
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya confirmed yesterday the results of
the findings by the Treaties and Legal Affairs Department and the
Survey Department showed the seven did stray about one kilometre into
Cambodian territory.
Bangkok Post
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