Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Navy Chief Reaffirms Good Relations Between Thai and Cambodian Troops

1 December 2009

(Posted by CAAI News Media)

The Navy chief insisted the country's maritime relations with Cambodia remain unchanged and the situation has not so deteriorated as to warrant a border closure.

Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Kamthorn Phumhiran denied comment on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's latest statement that he and Cambodian people are not pleased with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya.

Admiral Kamthorn insisted that the country's maritime relations with Cambodia remain intact.

He said the Thai representatives who took part in the meeting of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Border Committee vowed to use a peaceful approach to settle any difference and repeated that there is no need to close the Thai-Cambodian border since the situation between the two countries has improved.

On the doubling of the fishery concession fee for Thai fishermen to fish in Cambodian waters, the Navy chief said he sympathized with Thai fishing companies.

He further said Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh pledged to follow up the issue to maintain the best interests of the two countries.

The Navy chief also dismissed concern about any possible turmoil during the celebration of His Majesty the King's birthday after the Internal Security Act is revoked and added that Thais never want any unrest to happen.

Admiral Kamthorn today led Navy officers to deliver well-wishes for His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 82nd birthday.

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