The border clash between Thai and Cambodia troops near Phu Ma Khua area of Si Sa Ket yesterday and this morning occurred because Thai soldiers have to protect the country’s sovereignty, Prime Minister Abhisit Said on Saturday afternoon.
Mr Abhisit said this after the meeting of heads of security and foreign affairs agencies held earlier at Government House to discuss the border clash.
The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya and Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti.
The prime minister insisted that Thailand has never invaded its neighbour’s territory as claimed. He called on Thai people to support the armed forces in protecting the country’s sovereignty.
He said the Foreign Ministry will soon issue a statement providing correct information about the military clash at Thai-Cambodian border for the international community, foreign diplomats, the United Nations Organisation and the World Heritage Committee.