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Thai FM to visit Cambodia to help two Thai activists

Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya
BANGKOK, Feb 2 – Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya goes to Phnom Penh Thursday to hold talks with his Cambodian counterpart on two Thai activists sentenced by a Cambodian court and border issues, Foreign Ministry spokesman Thani Thongpakdi said on Wednesday.
“Foreign Minister Kasit will
visit Cambodia to hold talks with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and
Foreign Minister Hor Namhong to discuss help for the two Thais and
[solutions to the] border disputes,” Mr Thani said.
Two Thai activists, Veera
Somkwamkid and Ratree Pipattanapaiboon, his secretary were found guilty
of espionage, illegal entry and trespassing in a military zone.

A Cambodian court on Tuesday
handed down an eight-year jail term and a 1.8 million riel (US$450)
fine for Veera Somkwamkid, a key activist of a Thai nationalist
movement and a six-year jail term and a 1.2 million riel (US$300) fine
for his secretary.
Legal advisers of the two
activists were prepared to appeal the ruling. The foreign ministry
respected their decision and was ready to assist them, the ministry
spokesman said.
Regarding the Cambodian foreign
ministry’s statement stating that Cambodia will neither dismantle Wat
Kaew Sikha Khiri Sawara nor remove the Cambodian national flag flying
over the temple as demanded by the Thai foreign ministry on Monday, the
ministry’s spokesman said Thailand will not issue a daily ‘tit-for-tat’
The ministry however will study
facts and settle the problem through negotiations to create better
understanding with Cambodia and to find a solution to the problem, he
The temple is located on
4.6-kilometre-square disputed area, claimed by both countries. Cambodia
last month demolished two stone tablets erected at the temple, accusing
Thai troops of invading Cambodian territory following a request by
Thailand and asserting that the area belongs to Cambodia.
(MCOT online news)
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