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The Spokesperson of Press and Quick Reaction Unit Rejects the Remarks by Thai Prime Minister

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AKP Phnom Penh, June 17, 2011 – The following is Statement of Press and Quick Reaction Unit:
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RCAF Conducts Military Drill

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AKP, Phnom Penh, June 17, 2011 – More than 1,300 Royal Cambodian Armed Forces from different units
jointly conduct the military exercise in Kampong Speu province on June
16 under the presidency of Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Gen. Tea
Banh, Minister of National Defense and other RCAF commanders.
Photo: Chim Nary.
 
 
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Thai Yellow Shirts Protest Against Leaders, UNESCO Temple Listing

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Photo: AP
Thailand’s royalist Yellow Shirts have protested outside the United
Nations Cultural agency in Bangkok, urging it to withdraw world heritage
status for a Cambodian temple near disputed territory. They also
paraded through the Thai capital encouraging people not to vote in July 3
elections.  The nationalist movement has stopped supporting the
current government, saying it is too weak on the border dispute.

At
least 2,000 yellow-dressed protesters demonstrated Friday outside of
the Bangkok office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

They nationalists want UNESCO’s
World Heritage Committee, which meets Sunday in Paris, to de-list a
temple in Cambodia near disputed territory.

The 900-year-old
Khmer Hindu temple called Preah Vihear in Cambodia and Phra Viharn in
Thailand was declared a world heritage site in 2008.

The listing sparked nationalist fervor on both sides and sporadic and deadly clashes between Thai and Cambodian soldiers.

Protester
Vipida Thaisawat says Cambodia is using the world heritage status to
encroach on Thai land. Like some other nationalists, she claims the
temple is in Thai territory.

“Actually, [getting the] temple back
[to Thailand] or not is not the point,” Vipida noted. “But, the point
right now is they [Cambodia] want the land around Phra Viharn to
register as a world heritage [under Cambodia]. And, we can’t let that
happen.”

Cambodia has proposed a joint management plan for the
temple complex, which the World Heritage Committee is reviewing and may
decide on next week.

Thailand has urged the plan be delayed until a decision is reached on the land surrounding the temple, which both sides claim.

Cambodia
last month asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to
rule on the disputed 4.6-square-kilometer area around the temple.

The
ICJ ruled in 1962 that the temple itself is in Cambodia, but made no
decision on the surrounding land. The court’s ruling is expected
sometime early next year.

The Yellow Shirts paraded Friday from the UNESCO office through Bangkok, directing most of their anger at Thai politicians.

They
urged Thai people not to vote in a July 3 election, saying none of the
parties have Thailand’s true interests at heart, including the ruling
Democrats they once supported.

The Yellow Shirts say the
government has been weak in the border dispute with Cambodia and are
demanding it stop cooperating with UNESCO and Phnom Penh.

The
Thai government has waffled on whether it wants the withdrawal of the
temple’s World Heritage status, but has also dismissed the Yellow Shirt
demands.

Meanwhile, the border remains tense with both
militaries on alert.  Clashes between the two sides killed at least 10
people in February. Another 18 died in fighting in April near another
ancient temple complex about 150 kilometers farther west.

Each side blamed the other for starting the fight.

VOA News
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Mass faintings at city factory

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Thorn Sinorn, 19, is comforted by Theang Chan Thorn, 21, at the
Cambodian-Russian Friendship Hospital after she fainted at the King
Fashion garment factory in Dangkor district yesterday.
Photo by: Heng Chivoan
Hundreds of garment workers received medical treatment after fainting at
the King Fashion garment factory in Dangkor district on Wednesday
evening and yesterday morning.

More than 200 workers reportedly
fainted at the factory in Choam Chao commune on Wednesday evening,
followed by about 100 who collapsed the following morning, district
police said.

At the Cambodian-Russian Friendship hospital,
28-year-old worker Doeun Sophana said she had found it difficult to
breathe in the factory, becoming dizzy and vomiting before fainting
yesterday morning.

“I think the workers fainted because of chemicals spread on the clothes,” she said.

El
Sameal, a 22-year-old worker at from the factory who stayed on her feet
and helped colleagues to the hospital, said an unpleasant smell had
lingered in the factory for two days ahead of the faintings.

But
Ken Loo, secretary general of the Garment Manufacturers Association in
Cambodia, said medical examinations of the workers had revealed that low
blood-glucose levels had caused them to faint.
Hazardous chemicals, he added, are not used in GMAC factories.

“The
workers that fainted last evening or yesterday were of course sent to a
medical facility where they had blood tests and were certified fit,
with the only observation being that their blood level was a bit on the
low side,” he said.

He added that many of the workers who fainted yesterday morning had returned from the hospital the previous night.

Maeve
Galvin, a communications officer at the International Labour
Organisation, said yesterday that the cause of the faintings will remain
unclear until the necessary inquiry is conducted.

“It just seems
unusual for a mass number of people to faint from malnutrition,” she
said, adding that it was “absolutely a cause for alarm” if malnutrition
is indeed the reason for the faintings.

Mouen Tola, head of the
labour programme at the Community Legal Education Centre, said yesterday
that many workers are not properly trained in dealing with fabrics that
have been treated with chemicals to prevent insects from destroying
them.

“They had over 200 workers faint, and what the government
should do is to clean up everything inside the factory,” Moeun Tola
said.

“Even [if] we don’t know what is the cause, we have to clean up the environment before we allow them to go back to work.”

Pok
Vanthat, director of the occupational health department at the Ministry
of Labour, said yesterday that investigations into the case were
ongoing. King Fashion representatives could not be reached for comment.

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Arrest warrant out for Cambodian spy

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A Cambodian army officer, who went on the run recently, now faces an
arrest warrant over espionage charges, Si Sa Ket Governor Somsak
Suwannasujarit said yesterday.

The man, identified as Ya Pao or Wichai, is believed to be a colonel
attached to the Cambodian army’s intelligence corps. He was one of the
men arrested last week for allegedly supplying Cambodia with details of
Thai military installations and shelters. The other two alleged spies,
currently in court custody, are a Thai and a Vietnamese.
Prime
Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva admitted that the Cambodia suspect had
escaped, but added that an investigation was underway and that Thai
military had no problem handling national defence despite the escape.
Meanwhile,
a senior Vietnamese diplomat has contacted the prison authorities in
Kantharalak district to visit suspect Wiang Teng Yang, but an approval
from the military is still pending. The Second Army Area, which is in
charge of all military operations in the Northeast, is coordinating with
the Foreign Ministry over the request.
A media website, quoting a
Voice of America report, said the Cambodian army was now recruiting
5,000 reservists. However, a military spokesman said this was a routine
operation, and had nothing to do with the armed conflicts with Thailand.
The Nation
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Premier says suspected spy leader has fled country

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The three alleged spies after their arrest in Si Sa Ket province on June 7
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has admitted
that the suspected leader of three men arrested for alleged spying on
the Thai-Cambodian border has managed to flee the country.
Mr Abhisit yesterday said he had received information from
authorities concerned that the suspected leader of the group, who is a
Cambodian colonel, had escaped from Thailand.
Police are now questioning the three men who were detained in
connection with the alleged spying to find out further information, Mr
Abhisit said.
He insisted that Thailand had not fabricated the spying allegations against Cambodia.
A Thai, a Cambodian and a Vietnamese, were arrested in Kantharalak
district of Si Sa Ket on the evening of June 7 carrying maps with
military bases marked on them, according to police.

Also Read: Thai PM says Cambodian spy escapes

The three were identified as Suchart Muhammad, a 32-year-old Thai
Muslim, Cambodian citizen Ung Kimtai, 43, and Nguyen Teng Dang, 37, a
Vietnamese national. All three suspects denied they were spying in the
area.
Cambodia accused Thailand of “deceitful fabrication” following the
arrests. Phnom Penh said the spy claims were fabricated to justify Thai
aggression against Cambodia along the border.
Police said Mr Suchart had admitted that he was paid 5,000 baht to
drive a pickup truck for a group of six men to gather information on
Thai military bases and bomb shelters at villages along the border in Si
Sa Ket.
Mr Suchart told police that the group was led by a Cambodian man called Wichai.
Mr Wichai and three other men managed to escape police arrest while the three others were arrested.
Mr Suchart alleged that Mr Wichai had managed to get away with maps with information on the Thai military bases in the area.
On Wednesday, the provincial court in Kantharalak district issued a
warrant for the arrest of Mr Wichai on a charge of espionage.
The name on his passport is reported to be Ya Pov or Chea Pov.
The 48-year-old Cambodian man is believed to have the military rank
of colonel and runs a business in Cambodia, according to police.
An Immigration Police source said it was believed Mr Wichai left
Thailand and crossed into Cambodia on June 9 via the immigration
checkpoint at Sa Kaeo’s Aranyaprathet district.
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday defended soldiers
and police who failed to capture the suspected leader of the alleged
spying gang.
Mr Suthep said the army had done its best to prevent Cambodians from spying on Thai territory.
He said he did not think the escape was the army’s fault.
Mr Suthep, who is in charge of national security, said the
information on Thailand’s military bases which Mr Wichai had obtained
was not strategically important.
The bitter border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia has seen 28
people killed this year, and the row has since moved to the United
Nations’ International Court of Justice.
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Assembly Approves Triple-Country Convention

June 17, 2011 Leave a comment
The law passed with 83 votes from the Cambodian People’s Party, zero
from the Sam Rainsy Party and a boycott from the Human Rights Party. Photo: VOA
Cambodia’s ruling party on Thursday approved a regional convention
that would set up a joint development area between Cambodia, Laos and
Vietnam, but which opposition critics argue would cede land to Vietnam.
The law passed with 83 votes from the Cambodian People’s Party, zero
from the Sam Rainsy Party and a boycott from the Human Rights Party.
The law would set up a special economic zone and would require the
placement of a border marker stone at the intersection of all three
countries.
Supporters of the law said it will help create a development area for
four provinces in Cambodia’s northeast, as well as neighboring
provinces of Laos and Vietnam.
Var Kimhong, chairman of Cambodia’s Border Committee, told the
National Assembly the plan would include setting a granite marker at the
intersection of the three countries’ borders, which would be protected
from any effort of removal or damage.
However, SRP lawmaker Ke Sovannroth told the Assembly that the border
in that area remains unclear and that Cambodia could be losing land by
agreeing to the convention.
“We should not pass it,” she said. “If we pass it, it means that we recognize it. So we are also responsible for the history.”
Laos ratified the convention in July 2009, but it has yet to be approved by Vietnam.
VOA News
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