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Activists urge Thai govt not to sign permanent ceasefire agreement with Cambodia

BANGKOK, Feb 19 — Activists of the People’s Alliance for
Democracy (PAD) who have been holding a rally in the Thai capital for
nearly a month demanding the ouster of Prime Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva’s government for mishandling the Thai-Cambodian border
conflict demanded on Saturday that the government must not sign a
permanent ceasefire agreement with Cambodia, saying that conditions
proposed earlier by his counterpart Hun Sen were “insincere,” said PAD
spokesman Panthep Puapongpan.

Mr Hun Sen on Thursday said in Phnom Penh that Cambodia would urge
Thailand to agree to a peace deal during the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting, to be held in Jakarta
next Tuesday, and a ceasefire agreement be signed between foreign
ministers of the two neighbouring countries under the witness of ASEAN
or the ASEAN chair.

The upcoming ASEAN foreign ministers meeting will be held with an aim
to finding ways to end the border conflict and clashes at the disputed
border between soldiers of the two countries.

But Mr Panthep said conditions proposed by Cambodia are “insincere
because that country has accused Thailand on several occasions” and if
an agreement has to be signed then Cambodian villagers and soldiers
must move out of the disputed area or before memos by Thai-Cambodian
Joint Boundary Commission (JBC) are formally signed.

PAD’s long standing position is to oppose Thai parliamentary
endorsement of the three memos by the JBC, claiming they may result in
loss of Thai territory adjacent to the Hindu Preah Vihear temple. They
have also demanded the revocation of MoUs signed between Thailand and
Cambodia in 2000.

The Yellow Shirt movement believes that the JBC documents will put
Thailand at a disadvantage as the documents originating from the MoUs
related to the survey and boundary demarcation recognising a French
map, with a scale of 1:200,000 sq km, that puts Thailand at risk of
losing territory.

Another PAD core leader Prapan Koonmee said he had received a letter
issued by the Royal Thai Police Bureau asking him and other core
leaders to report themselves to Bangkok Metropolitan Police
headquarters next Tuesday on charges of violating the Internal Security
Act since PAD members have been holding the rally in Bangkok since
January 25.

Challenging the police order, Mr Panthep said the enforcement of the
Act is tantamount to violating the constitution and the right to
freedom of assembly. MCOT online news)

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