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Thai Deputy PM Hopes Cambodia Sees Thailand As Friend

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban
BANGKOK, Jan 6 (Bernama) — Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep
Thaugsuban said on Thursday that all signals from Cambodia were
positive and he believed that the Cambodian government would prioritise
friendship and good relations between Bangkok and Phnom Penh regarding
the detention of seven Thai nationals on charges of illegal entry into
the Cambodian territory after they were apprehended by Cambodian border
soldiers last week.

In response to speculations that Veera Somkwamkid, one of the
seven Thai detainees, would be additionally charged with espionage
against the Cambodian military, Suthep, who oversees national security,
suggested that the Thai public stay calm and speak positively of the
issue to show their respect to the Cambodian judiciary, Thai News
Agency (TNA) reported.

The Thai deputy premier acknowledged, however, that personally he
hopes that the Cambodian court will base its judgment on facts and have
mercy for the Thai people who had no ill intention and had approached
the border only to look for demarcation posts in response to complaints
from local Thai villagers that they could not access to farmlands.

The deputy prime minister said that Thai Prime Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva, the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he, himself, have
already raised facts and official concerns to the Cambodian government
and prepared to seek a royal pardon if any judicial punishment was
handed out against the seven Thai detainees.

Meanwhile, Commanding General of Thailand’s First Army Area
Command Lieutenant General Udomdet Sitabutr said that order has been
maintained along the Thai-Cambodian border in the eastern Sa Kaeo
Province and there has been no reinforcement of Thai troops along the

The first army area commander acknowledged that he considers the
deployment of Cambodian soldiers along the border as normal, and that
most local people understood the situation well although public
relations and coordination remained necessary there.

Lieutenant General Udomdet said if authorities of both countries
respected each other’s different opinions, there should not be any


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