Sunday, 13 September 2009

Kasit still friend with PAD

Published: 13/09/2009

Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya insisted he and the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) were not in conflict.

Earlier, the yellow-shirt PAD accused the foreign minister of failing to protect the country's terrority adjacent to Preah Vihear temple.

Mr Kasit said before visiting the area around the disputed Thai-Cambodian border near the ancient temple on Sunday morning that he had invited PAD core members for a meeting so he could explain his work an the border situation to them.

On the yellow-shirt supporters' plan to gather near Preah Vihear on Sept 19, he said they have the right to do so, and believed police and military forces would be able to maintain peace and order during the demonstration.

"The purpose of this visit is to meet people in Si Sa Ket. I will give moral support to the soldiers at the disputed border area," the minister said.

The government will continue to follow the framework agreement with all neighbouring countries to bring about peace, he said.

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