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Monday, November 9, 2009

Thai-Cambodia border remains normal: Thai commander

BANGKOK, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Thai-Cambodia border's situation has remained normal, Thai Army Region 2 Commander Lt Ben Veevarit Chornsamrit said Monday. 

Thailand and Cambodia have downgraded diplomatic relations due to conflict over an appointment of ousted former Thai Premier Thaksin Shinawatra as an economic advisor to Cambodia's government on Nov. 4. 

A day after the appointment, the Cambodian government recalled its ambassador to Thailand in a move to respond to the Thai government's recall of its ambassador to Cambodia. 

However, the Thai-Cambodia border's situation has remained normal as by this time there was no factor to cause any border violence, Lt Ben Veevarit was quoted as saying by Thai News Agency. 

The people at the border had also been living their lives normally, while the border trade was continuing as usual, he said. 

The Thai commander said he has also kept reporting the border situation to Thailand's army chief General Anupong Paochinda.
    
Meanwhile, the relationship between Thai and Cambodian military was still good after a meeting with high-ranking military commanders of Cambodia last week, Lt Ben Veevarit said.
    
But, Capt Charn Wongwaimethee, the border police commander in A-ran-ya-pra-thet district in Thailand's northeastern province of Sa-gaew bordering Cambodia rejected reports that borders between the two countries would be closed.
    
Thai authorities at the border have assured Cambodian traders that they should not panic over the border closure's rumor.
    
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced in Cambodia that Thaksin will visit Cambodia this week after he has been named as the country's economic adviser.
    
On Nov. 12, Thaksin will hold a briefing with over 300 Cambodian economic experts at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Hun Sen said.
    
Thaksin was ousted by the military coup in September 2006, in accusation of corruption, and has been kept in exile since then.
   
He returned to Thailand in February 2008 to face corruption charges, but he later fled into exile again and was convicted in absentia.

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