(Posted by CAAI News Media)
Friday, 18 December 2009 05:46 DAP-NEWS .Deputy Thai Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Thursday declined to respond to Cambodian premier Hun Sen comments that Thai-Cambodian relations will not improve as long as the Thai ruling party remains in office, according to the Bangkok Post on Thursday.
“I will not respond to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s comment because the situation isn’t good at the moment,” the Democrat secretary-general was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post. “The Thai government must be patient in the face of the frequent criticism emanating from Cambodia.”
The polite rebuff comes after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday afternoon blasted Bangkok leaders over the recent Sivarak spy case. The premier claimed that while Thailand is still under Democratic Party control, the two neighbors “will not share a smooth relationship,” he said during a scholarship award ceremony at a university in Phnom Penh.
“Cambodia will wait to see about good relations with Thailand,” he said. “We expect it will have good relation with the next Thai government.”
“The main matter between Thailand and Cambodia is Thailand troops invaded Cambodia soil and occupied areas at a Cambodian pagoda near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple,” Hun Sen continued, stressing his friendship for former Thai PM Thaksin, now a Cambodian government economic advisor. “He is my friend,” the Hun Sen said.
The so-called ‘yellow shirts’ linked to the ruling Thai party have demanded Cambodia’s 11th century Preah Vihear temple be given to Thailand, he added. “We have never interfered Thai internal affairs,” the premier said, highlighting that former Thai PM Chuan Lee Pai tried to bar Cambodia’s membership of ASEAN. Lee said at that time that Cambodia had no senate.