Cambodia urges Asean to issue statement on Thai political turmoil

national May 11, 2014 00:00

By Deutsche Presse Agentur

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Naypyitaw - Cambodia's premier Hun Sen has urged Asean leaders to make a statement on Thailand's ongoing political turmoil Sunday at a regional summit being hosted for the first time by Myanmar.

Hun Sen proposed the statement at a morning meeting of Asean leaders. He is a close political ally of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose sister was ousted as premier by acourt ruling Wednesday.

Meanwhile Thai representative to the summit; caretaker deputy premier Phongthep Thepkanjana, thanked Hun Sen in particular.

"We have expressed our appreciation to the Asean leaders for their concerns about the Thai situation, especially to Prime Minister Hun Sen for his suggestion to issue a statement about the democractic process in Thailand," said Phongthep.

He was attending the summit in place of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was sacked by the Constitutional Court for abuse of power, sparking demonstrations by rival camps in Bangkok that threaten street violence and a possible coup.