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Thai army has reiterated that it has acted proportionately
Thai military response to Cambodia is to protect
country’s sovereignty, National Security Council Secretary-General
Thawil Pliangsri told during a meeting with relevant agencies
chaired by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
On February 8, 2011, 2.30 P.M., at the Office of National Security Council, the Government House, Secretary General to the National Security Council Mr Thawil Pliangsri held a press conference after Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva chaired a meeting of National Security Council with relevant agencies. NSC Sec Gen told the press that the NSC held a meeting to acknowledge the report on the recent clash between Thailand and Cambodia at the border from the Ministry of Defense. It was reported that the incident was a skirmish between the Thai and Cambodian military, rather than a full-blown war.
What is more, the report noted that the situation was contained
within just an area and unrelated to the trade issues, and that
the people outside the area have not been affected. It was also
reported that as of now, the situation remains calm.In addition,
the relief measures for people in the area who were affected
by the situation were brought up at the meeting by the Ministry
of Interior. The evacuation plan implemented by the Ministry
of Interior and the army has been running smoothly, it was reported.
As for the cause of the clash on the Thai-Cambodian border, the
NSC Sec Gen admitted that the reason lies with the border dispute
which has been prolonged for a considerable period of time since
both countries claim the 4.6 square metres as their own. Both
sides have been backed up by their evidences, said the NSC Sec
However, from the report, the NSC sec Gen said that it is clear
that the army has been performing their duty in protecting the
country’s sovereignty as well as the safety in the people’s lives and properties. The army should be honoured and given moral support as they have been doing their best in protecting the nation’s
Regarding the military practices, the army has reiterated that it has acted
proportionately and reasonably to the attack launched by the Cambodians. The
negotiation is still on the table, but there will not be any rush to negotiate.
Though, channels for dialogue remain open so that diplomatic and peaceful solution
can be achieved, benefiting both nations.
The NSC Sec Gen also remarked on the letter Cambodian government sent to the
United Nations Security Council and ASEAN. The NSC Sec Gen stated explicitly
that the matter remains a bilateral issue between Thailand and Cambodia. The
Indonesian Foreign Minister, as the ASEAN chair, called on the Minister of Foreign
Affairs, yesterday, after he met with the Cambodian Foreign Minister the day
earlier. The ASEAN chair has stated that the general consensus in ASEAN nations
has been that the issue is a bilateral matter that should be resolved by Thailand
and Cambodia since the frame for dialogue has been established already.
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