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Thai yellow-shirt leaders resign

BANGKOK, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) — The leaders of the anti-Thaksin yellow-shirt camp, who seized Bangkok international airport in 2008, have announced they will no longer lead the movement.

Eight core members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Friday night showed up in a special program on PAD’s mouthpiece ASTV TV channel, blaming its former ally opposition Democrat Party for not resigning as members of parliament (MPs) and helps lead street demonstration against the Phue Thai-led government.

“[PAD supporters] must understand our decisions. That is because all the cards have been revealed. We hope [the Democrat] would sacrifice and join us, but since they refused to do so, we will no longer play the game,” said PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul.

Sondhi, speaking on ASTV in early August, urged all Democrat MPs to resign as parliamentarians to lead anti-government protest after the leading party aimed to push for the controversial amnesty bill, believed to white-wash the yellow-shirt arch enemy former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

In 2005, protesters, mostly comprised middle class Bangkokians against Thaksin, formed the PAD camp. The protest paved way for the 2006 military coup which ousted Thaksin and a conviction of him on corruption cases.

Thaksin have long been reportedly administered Phue Thai party behind the scenes, although he has lived in self-exile since 2008.

The PAD continued its movement and held protests from time to time against the Thaksin-affiliated parties.

The yellow-shirts’ months-long anti-Thaksin demonstration, which included the seizure of Government House and Thailand’s main international Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2008, contributed to the collapse of a leading Thaksin-affiliated party, which resulted in the Democrat leading a coalition government that lasted for about two and a half years.

The PAD leaders later cut ties with the Democrat after PAD leaders faced terrorism charges and the Democrat seemed not to facilitate them.

“PAD leaders, speakers, artists and supporters [in 2008 protest] were defamed with false charges and allegations. Plus, 96 more [ PAD members] were unfairly charged during Democrat-led government, ” states the PAD “final statement” released Friday.

The PAD leaders have been freed on the bail condition that they will not participate in any political demonstration.

“If the PAD leaders are to break the bail condition in order to lead protest, they should be assured that they could really change Thailand,” the statement says. “The sacrifice of PAD leaders is not for promotion of the opposition party who would always be defeated in any parliamentary vote because the government outnumbers them.”

Meanwhile, Democrat MP Ong-Art Klampaiboon, former prime minister’s office minister, responded to PAD’s statement that the party accepted the camp’s decision. He also insisted that the party still has amicable ties with the yellow-shirts. However, the demands on Democrat MPs to resign, he said, went too far.

A historian at leading Thammasat University in Bangkok and critic of PAD, Somsak Jeamteerasakul, also commented on his social network page that he is regret to see an influential political movement like PAD failed to develop into an established political party.

“Failure of people, in any color, in establishing a real [ political] organization is not good for democracy,” the critic said.

 

Thai PM invites Cambodian counterpart for official visit

PHNOM PENH, June 11 (Xinhua) — Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra invited Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to make an official visit to Thailand in order to cement bilateral ties and cooperation, a Cambodian spokesman said Tuesday.

The invitation was extended to Hun Sen by visiting Thai deputy prime minister and foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, said Eang Sophallet, personal spokesman for Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“Surapong Tovichakchaikul told Prime Minister Hun Sen that Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra invited him for an official visit to Thailand in an appropriate time,” he told reporters after the meeting at the Peace Palace.

Surapong Tovichakchaikul said the exchange visit of the leaders of the two countries were very important to illustrate good relationship, cooperation, and mutual trust.

He added that the Government of Thailand was committed to maintaining good ties with Cambodia for mutual benefits.

Meanwhile, Hun Sen said he would arrange a proper time to visit Thailand.

Earlier in the day, Surapong Tovichakchaikul and his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong co-chaired the first meeting of the Joint Committee on Border Area Development and Connectivity between the two countries.

Both sides agreed to increase cooperation in various sectors including trade, investment, tourism, energy, health, education, and anti-cross border crimes.

The Cambodian government of Hun Sen and the Thai government of Yingluck Shinawatra have been working hard to ameliorate the bilateral tie, which was murky during the rule of former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva due to deadly border clashes.

Border dispute between the two neighbors over the 4.6 square kilometers of land next to Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple remains unsolved.

The World Court is expected to issue a decision on who owns the disputed land around the temple later this year.

 

Written by Kham

14/06/2013 at 5:41 am

Thai FM urges US not to downgrade Thailand on its human trafficking watchlist

BANGKOK, May 10 (Xinhua) — Thai foreign minister urged his US counterpart not to downgrade the southeast Asian country in its latest review of the human trafficking situation during his visit to the United States, Thai News Agency reported on Friday.

Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, said on Thursday upon his return from a visit to Washington that he had discussed several issues with his US counterpart John Kerry during his visit from May 5 to 8.

During the Monday meeting on Monday, Surapong said he highlighted the Thai government’s efforts in dealing with the problem of trafficking. He cited the example of Thailand’s newly- established One-Stop Crisis Centres on assistance and protection for various target groups, including victims of human trafficking.

The minister said he hoped the efforts would be reflected positively in the upcoming U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which is to be published next month.

The TIP report has put Thailand on the Tier 2 Watch List for three consecutive years and the government is concerned that the country may slip into Tier 3 if no meaningful action is taken to deal with the human trafficking problem.

A country in the Tier 2 Watch List is not yet compliant to the maximum standards to combat trafficking in persons and is in danger of falling to Tier 3, which is worse.

Kerry said he would consider Thailand’s request and effort, but expressed concern over Thailand’s lengthy judiciary procedures in tackling human trafficking cases, Surapong said.

The two ministers also discussed a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, as well as global issues of common concern.

On regional issues, Surapong welcomed Washington’s strategic rebalancing policy focusing on re-engagement with Asia, particularly the importance the US has given the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to centrality.

He stressed that American engagement in ASEAN integration efforts can serve as a stabilizing force in the region.

The partnership will help address political-security challenges in the ASEAN region, including transnational crime, human trafficking, piracy, and disaster.

 

Locals worry about clashes over ICJ’s Preah Vihear ruling

The Nation
Si Sa Ket April 13, 2013 1:00 am

Villagers ready to evacuate as Thai, Cambodian troops take position

People living in this border province are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the Preah Vihear Temple and its surrounding area will not trigger a war or bloody clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops.

“We are worried about the possibility of a battle,” Prayote Meemui, 50, said yesterday. Prayote lives in the border village of Phoomsaron in Khantaralak district.

“We have been hearing the exchange of gunfire from time to time recently,” he said.

In response to Cambodia’s request, the ICJ is scheduled to hear statements from both countries between April 15 and April 19 before it forms an opinion on its 1962 judgement in relation to the ownership of the Preah Vihear Temple.

At the centre of the dispute is not just the ancient Hindu temple, which is now inscribed as a World Heritage site on Cambodian soil, but also its surrounding 4.6 square kilometres.

“My neighbours and I will watch the live broadcast of the ICJ hearings. We have to be alert at all times,” Prayote said, adding that he believed Cambodia would become dissatisfied if the ICJ ruled in Thailand’s favour or vice versa.

Locals say they have noticed that both Thailand and Cambodia have been moving more troops and weapons to the border zone since mid-March. While both sides claim to be doing military exercises, the locals believe that they need to be prepared for possible evacuation.

“I keep my car’s tank full at all times,” Niran Lumthaisong, 50, said, adding that he had packed up all their important documents and belongings to ensure that he and his family can leave the area immediately in case of emergency.

He said seven border villages in Si Sa Ket’s Tambon Sao Thong Chai have already set up protection teams, which will guard villages should a border clash erupt and most residents need to evacuate.

“We need security teams because evacuees cannot remove all their belongings immediately,” Niran explained.

Thailand and Cambodia have locked horns over the Preah Vihear Temple issue several times before, especially after Cambodia registered the Hindu temple as a World Heritage site.

Prayote said he hoped the ICJ would deliver a neutral verdict and support joint management of the area surrounding the temple.

Thai officials have closed down the Mor E Dang cliff, a popular tourist attraction, since the beginning of this month. The cliff is close to Preah Vihear and Thai authorities are concerned that some groups might go there to stage a protest, which might encourage the use of violence.

Soldiers have now been posted to guard the entrance to the Mor E Dang cliff.

ICJ ordered clear armed men from the map shown

ICJ ordered clear armed men from the map shown

Written by Kham

13/04/2013 at 4:38 pm

Next peace talks between Thailand, insurgents likely postponed

BANGKOK, April 9 (Xinhua) — The next round of the continuing peace dialogue between the Thai authorities and some Muslim insurgent leaders, set for April 29, will possibly be postponed, a high-ranking Thai security official said Tuesday, Thai News Agency reported.

National Security Council (NSC) Secretary General Paradorn Pattanathabut said the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur will be the venue of the talks, but Malaysia’s general election is scheduled for later this month.

“It might be inconvenient to meet on the set date. We are waiting for a confirmation from Malaysian officials,” Thai News Agency quoted Gen Paradorn as saying.

The first round of talk was also held in Kuala Lumpur as the Malaysian authority helped facilitating the meeting.

He stressed that the peace process will carry on despite ongoing violence in Thailand’s deep South but admitted that the escalating unrest has a negative impact on the talks.

He said security forces in the southern border provinces have been placed on high alert in light of increasing attacks by insurgents.

More than 5,000 people have been killed and more than 9,000 hurt in over 11,000 incidents, about 3.5 incidents a day, in Thailand’s Muslim, ethnic-Malay dominated three southern border provinces — Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and four districts of Songkhla — since violence erupted in January 2004, according to Deep South Watch, which monitors the regional violence.

 

ICJ defence plan to head to cabinet

The Foreign Ministry will submit the Thai position to be presented at court hearings on the Preah Vihear dispute to the cabinet on April 2.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said Thursday the ministry will ask for opinions from the cabinet before the Thai team leaves for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearings at the Hague in the Netherlands on April 15-19.

Mr Surapong said approval will be sought regarding a live translation from French to Thai at the oral hearings, which will be broadcast via internet from the court.

The hearings will be conducted in French.

He said a translated broadcast in Thai should be aired so the public can receive information directly from the court. That would avoid any misinterpretation in media reports, he said.

The ministry will also brief the public about Thailand and Cambodia’s positions at the end of each day of the hearing.

Meanwhile, Mr Surapong said Thailand is planning to develop a special economic zone (SEZ) in Poipet and Koh Kong with Cambodia, similar to the SEZ to be developed with Myanmar in Mae Sot. Under the plan, Thailand will develop transport links between the two countries and upgrade border checkpoints, he said.

Cooperation on agriculture, health, human resources and industrial development will also be part of the plan.

Mr Surapong said Thai and Cambodian officials will talk in detail before he meets his Cambodian counterpart, Hor Namhong, in May or June to discuss the plan.

Mr Surapong said the Defence Ministry will also hold talks with Cambodian officials on illegal logging of Siamese rosewood along the border and will set up a patrol police unit to stamp out the activity.

This map was prepared by the ICJ in 2011 as a proposed demilitarized zone for Siam and Cambodian troops.

This map was prepared by the ICJ in 2011 as a proposed demilitarized zone for Siam and Cambodian troops.

 

Written by Kham

15/03/2013 at 4:58 pm