Friday, 20 November 2009

THAI-CAMBODIA ROW : Thaksin must resign to end all problems : Suthep

Fri, November 20, 2009

(Posted by CAAI News Media)

By The Nation

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thuagsuban said Thaksin's role as an adviser has already jeopardise the mutual ties and now the Thai business in Cambodia.

"I'm not asking Khun Thaksin to resign. I believe he must resign to end all conflicts. Or Cambodia revokes his appointment. That will help end the mutual row," Suthep told reporters.

"The diplomatic ties will improve after Thaksin quits his advisory role," Suthep said.

He said he appreciated the gesture by Cambodian Defence Minister Tea Banh for stepping out to deny condoning the wire-tapping.

"I thank Tea Banh for clarifying the issue, otherwise the international community will remain suspicious of Cambodia," he said.

Tea Banh ruled out on Thursday the eavesdropping and the existence of the taped telephone conversation purported to implicate Thai engineer Siwarak Chotipong for spying in Phnom Penh.

Thai government linked Thaksin to the arrest of a Thai engineer of Cambodia Air Traffic Control Services (Cats) for allegedly spying flight plans of Thaksin and Cambodia's PM Hun Sen.

Cambodia has taken control of Cats, and ordered Thai staffs not to come to work.

Suthep insisted all the problems are the works of Thaksin and his men whose only intentions are to get Thaksin's money back and that Thaksin would not have to serve two-year jail term.

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