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Cambodia Slams Thailand over Spying Claim

June 15, 2011 Leave a comment
Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson has
denied the espionage accusation against two Cambodians recently arrested
for illegally crossing the Thai border, saying the charges are
deceitful fabrication.

Cambodian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Koy Kuong said Cambodia stood by
its categorical denial of Thailand’s espionage allegation and that the
arrested Cambodian civilians had entered Thailand merely as tourists.

But Thailand has argued it has solid evidence to be brought forth to the
international community to prove that three men arrested in Si Sa Ket
Province last week are Cambodia’s spies.


The Phnom Penh Post reported that Koy Kuong elaborated that Thailand was
using the incident as a ploy to distract attention from its own
aggressive ambition regarding the Preah Vihear issue.

Koy asserted Thailand cannot use a thing as small as mosquito that it made up to hide its huge sky of ambition for aggression.

Cambodia also released a statement over the arrest of the Cambodian men,
saying the case is politically motivated and caretaker Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva does not know anything at all.

Phnom Penh added it is a normal practice that Cambodian officials be
allowed to see Cambodian citizens arrested in other countries.

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Foreign Ministry’s Statement Concerning the Arrest of Cambodian on Spying Charges

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AKP Phnom Penh, June 15, 2011 – The Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia has in a statement reacted against Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva concerning the arrest of a Cambodian on spying charges by Thai authorities.
The full statement dated yesterday reads as follows:

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Vietnam, Cambodia boost legislative exchanges

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Vice National Assembly Chairman Uong Chu Luu has affirmed the consistent policy of the Vietnamese Party, State and People to enhance the fine neighbouring relations, traditional friendship and comprehensive, long-lasting cooperation with Cambodia. 
Vice NA Chairman Luu made this affirmation to visiting Chairwoman Ty Borasy of the Cambodian Senate’s Commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Propaganda and Information (CFAICPI) at a reception in Hanoi on June 14. 

The Vietnamese NA Office and the Cambodian Senate Secretariat have actively carried out cooperative programmes in cadre training, information technology, media and popularisation which, Luu said, were practical activities to help deepen the relationship between the two legislative bodies. 

He took the occasion to propose a close collaboration between the Vietnamese NA Committee for External Relations and CFAICPI in acting as counsellors to the two countries’ leaders and assisting bilateral cooperative activities.

Both sides should consider the signing of cooperative agreements to secure legal foundations for implementing cooperative activities, to bring the relationship between the Vietnamese NA and the Cambodian Senate to a new height.

Ty Borasy congratulated Vietnam on the success of the elections of deputies to the 13th NA and People’s Councils at all levels. She informed the host of her delegation’s working session with the Vietnamese NA Committee for Social Affairs, saying that experiences of Vietnam’s legislative agencies would be applied in Cambodia.

 The Cambodian delegation was later received by Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Council Ngo Thi Doan Thanh, who said Hanoi and Phnom Penh have held regular exchanges in economics, culture, education, healthcare, tourism and other fields.

 However, Thanh said, the economic development cooperation between Hanoi and Phnom Penh failed to match the two countries’ traditional relationship. The Cambodian Senator expressed her belief that the visit would help to further the relationship between the two countries and between the Vietnamese NA and Cambodian Senate.
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Thai PM: Spy apprehension not fabricated

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BANGKOK, 14 June 2011 – Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has reaffirmed that the apprehension of three suspected spies from Cambodia, comprising a Cambodian, a Vietnamese and a Thai, by Thai officers in the kingdom is not fabricated. 
Prime Minister Abhisit stated that information gained from the investigative process would be used to support Thailand’s clarifications on the issue to the international community. He added that the Thai-Cambodian border remains peaceful after the three spies were apprehended on Thai soils.

In response to the issue, Cambodian authorities have accused the Thai side of cooking up the spy claim.
The Thai prime minister hence countered the accusation by questioning Cambodia why its consulate tried to contact the Thai side for the release of the three suspects on the first day of arrest.
Regarding a possible exchange of the three spies with two Thai inmates now detained in Prey Sar Prison in Cambodia, Prime Minister Abhisit said the suspects must firstly go through court procedures, and the Cambodian side must respect the Thai judiciary.
Thai Patriots Network coordinator Veera Somkwamkid and his secretary Ratree Pipatanapaiboon have been sentenced to eight and six years in prison respectively for illegal entry, trespassing in to military zone and espionage.

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Groups Warns Against Web Censorship

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The Cambodian Center for Human Rights on Tuesday called for greater Internet freedoms in Cambodia, as more and more people are finding their way online.
In its report, “Internet Censorship: the ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression in Cambodia,” the group warned of a “recent trend toward Internet censorship and the grave implications for freedom of expression in Cambodia.”
Ou Virak, president of the center, said the government must work hard to development protective regulations for Internet use, as it spreads across the country, “by ensuring that old barriers are not applied to a new frontier.”
Telecommunications Minister So Khun told VOA Khmer in a phone interview Tuesday the ministry does not condone Internet censorship.
However, the ministry did come under fire earlier this year after it held a meeting with Internet service providers and encouraged them to block sites that were counter to Cambodia’s interests.
Yim Sovann, a spokesman for the opposition Sam Rainsy Party, said Tuesday the government has put pressure on Internet companies in the past. He noted an ongoing deterioration of the freedom of expression across different media, including the Internet.
Cambodia is considered “not free” by the press freedom watchdog Freedom House.
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UN rejects allegations that it interfered in work of Cambodian genocide court

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Inside the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

14 June 2011 – 

The United Nations today rejected media reports that it instructed judges at the tribunal in Cambodia dealing with mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago to dismiss its third case, stressing that the court is an independent body.
“Support for the independence of the judiciary is a fundamental principle that the United Nations upholds in Cambodia as elsewhere,” a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Secretary-General said.
“The judges and prosecutors at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) must be allowed to function free from external interference by the Royal Government of Cambodia, the United Nations, donor States, and civil society,” it added.
Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979.
Earlier this week, media reports said that at least five UN staff in the ECCC’s investigations office have quit their posts since April following disagreements over the decision to close the tribunal’s third case without allegedly properly investigating the charges. Case 003 reportedly involves two former senior members of the Khmer Rouge military suspected of the deaths of thousands of people.
“The United Nations categorically rejects media speculation that we have instructed the co-investigating judges to dismiss Case 003,” the statement said.
It added that the announcement made by the co-investigating judges in April that they have decided to conclude their investigation in Case 003 is an interim procedural step, and that issues related to that decision will be the subject of further consideration by the tribunal.
“The co-investigating judges are not under an obligation to provide reasons for their actions at this stage of the investigation in Case 003,” said the world body.
As for the staffing issues, the statement said that the UN will ensure that the international component of the ECCC, including the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges, has sufficient resources to undertake its work.
Estimates vary but as many as two million people are thought to have died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the impoverished South-East Asian country.
The court handed down its first verdict in July 2010, convicting Kaing Guek Eav – the man also known as Duch and who headed a notorious detention camp run by the Khmer Rouge – guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The ECCC is currently preparing to commence the trial in Case 002 on 27 June. The accused are the four remaining leaders of the Khmer Rouge: Khieu Samphan, the former head of State; Nuon Chea, ‘brother number two’ to Pol Pot; Ieng Sary, a former foreign minister; and Ieng Thirith, a former social affairs minister and wife of Ieng Sary.
“Their trial will be of true international significance, and deserves the ongoing, strong support of the international community,” said today’s statement.
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Cambodia bans imports of chicken products from Thailand

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PHNOM PENH, June 14 (Xinhua) — Cambodia’s ministry of commerce on Tuesday prohibited imports of chicken products from Thailand.
“The ministry of commerce instructs all levels of authorities along the border between Cambodia and Thailand to prevent all imports of chicken products from Thailand even though the products have had phyto-sanitary certificate in order to protect our people health,” said a directive signed by the minister of commerce Cham Prasidh. “The ban will take effect from the signing date until there is new directive.”
The prohibition came after Thai officials raided chicken slaughterhouses in Nakhon Ratchasima province on June 13 and seized about eight tons of decomposed chicken.
The chicken slaughterhouses had soaked dead chickens in strong- smelling formalin solution before processing them as food products.
“The people who consumed formalin-contaminated food may suffer skin irritation, an inflamed stomach, vomiting and diarrhea; moreover, the prolonged consumption can cause damage to nervous system, sterility and cancer,” said the directive.

Editor: Fang Yang

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