(Posted by CAAI News Media)
Burmese people are not pleased that Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen likened fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra with their opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
After arriving at Hua Hin Airport to attend the15th Asean Summit on Friday, Prime Minister Hun Sen told reporters that the ousted premier was a victim of political persecution like Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi.
His comment caused a group of Burmese politicians, students and villagers to gather near the Thai-Burmese border at Tak's Mae Sod district on Monday morning.
"Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 14 years, is an unconditional fighter for democracy, has never thought of fleeing the country and is not fighting for personal interest. She cannot be compared with Thaksin," a Burmese student said.
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya's secretary, Chawanon Intharakomansut, said the Foreign Ministry had not asked the government to consider downgrading its diplomatic ties with Cambodia in response to Prime Minister Hun Sen's comment that his country would not extradite Thaksin.
"We'll have to observe Cambodia's stance for now after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva called on the Cambodian premier to reconsider this issue carefully and focus on bilateral ties and benefits to both countries instead of one person's personal interest.
"The Thai government would find new measures to bring back Thaksin to Thailand if the Cambodian government refuses to extradite him," he said