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Thai FM to visit Cambodia in April on prisoner exchange accord

BANGKOK, March 20 (Xinhua) — Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Tuesday he would travel to Cambodia in April to discuss the possibility of exchanging criminals between the two countries in an effort to help the two Thai nationals jailed in Phnom Penh.

Both of them are among those seven Thais who travelled to inspect overlapping border along Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province and Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province late December 2010 and were then captured for illegal entry and trespassing into Cambodia’s military zone.

But Veera Somkwamkid, leader of the Thai Patriot Network, and his secretary Ratree Pipattanapaiboon face added spying charges on top of those two charges. Five others were released on bail in mid- January, 2011.

The minister said that he would seek a chance to have discussion with his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong about the possibility to establish a prisoner exchange accord between the two nations while visiting Cambodia to attend ASEAN meetings.


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