Published on May 11, 2011
The news of the foreign ministers of Cambodia and Thailand softening their stances and participating in a discussion after the Jakarta summit is encouraging.
Prior to this, things seemed to have reached a dead-end.
Personally, I suspect Hun Sen had devised a plan to raise hell at the ten-nation summit by accusing Thailand of bullying a smaller country. But when he could not influence Asean to get more involved in the Cambodian-Thai border wrangle - nor could he force Abhisit to accept foreign observers into the disputed Preah Vihear area on the Thai side - he then ordered his foreign minister, Hor Nam Hong, to take a softer stance toward Thailand again. Until next time. This is Hun Sen's classic provincial style of diplomacy. Be prepared for more headaches to come.