Wednesday, 02 December 2009 04:14 DAP-NEWS
(Posted by CAAI News Media)
One day after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ruled to review all agreements and Memorandum of Under- standing (MOU) with Thailand, including completed agreements and those being processed, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Tuesday brushed off his comments.
Abhisit said he was not aware of reports that Hun Sen was unhappy with him and Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, and that the Cambodian government would not ask for their assistance.
“I believe the problem has arisen because someone could be trying to instigate a situation,” the prime minister was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post.
Premier Hun Sen’s orders came after the Thai government annulled loan projects signed on August 27, 2009 with the Thai government to build 117 km of National Road 68 from the Thai provincial border to Siem Reap at a cost of more than US$41 million.
The premier said that “If you [Thailand] seal the border, Cambodia will follow and stop all Thai goods not to be present in all markets in Cambodia. Thai citizens must know that the one who destroy your businesses is Thai Prime Minister Abhisit,” the premier said, adding that “If you close the sea border, Cambodia will rule to close as well.”
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who is in charge of security affairs, said the Thai-Cambodia situation had improved to some extent, but the government had to be strong and calm after being criticized by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The government had to be very cautious about its ties with neighboring countries, Suthep said in the Bangkok Post. “Don’t get stuck on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s words. The government has been doing well so far and the problem will not spread to include other ASEAN member states,” he said.
“Since 1994 up to now, we have 23 agreements which some were completed as the rest is under progress and the last agreement was signed on August 27, 2009 costs 1.4 billion baht, and if we keep this amount of money, it is a bar in our neck and owe their thanks. Therefore, Cambodia will spend our own money to build this road,” the premier said during his presidency at a pagoda achievement opening in Kompong Cham province.
The premier ruled and warned his government officials not to sign any agreement or ask for money from Thai FM Abhisit and FM Kasit Piromya, warning that if Cambodian government officials do that, they will be fired.
Meanwhile, the diplomatic dispute between Thailand and Cambodia could escalate to war if the government fails to take action to ease the tension, Gen Panlop Pinmanee, former deputy director of Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) and a member of the opposition Puea Thai Party, said on Tuesday.
Gen Panlop said the latest criticism of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya by Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen clearly shows that Phnom Penh was not happy with the premier, Kasit and the Democrat Party.