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Hun Sen asks Abhisit not to drag Cambodia into Thai politics

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday asked the Democrat Party not to link Cambodia to Thailand's internal politics.

"Thai politics have been heated up recently, and the message we want to send back [to Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva] is not to link Cambodia to the Thai internal issues," Hun Sen said at a ceremony to present land-title certificates to 1,298 families in Siem Bok district of Stung Treng province.

According to Hun Sen, the Democrat Party and the yellow shirt group continually link Cambodia to Thai internal politics by accusing former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of having secret individual interests with Cambodia over the two countries' negotiations of the area of overlapping maritime claims.

"They accused Thaksin Shinawatra of having tolerated the land border tension between Cambodia and Thailand, especially at Preah Vihear Temple area, in an exchange of oil and gas in the overlapping maritime area," said Hun Sen, who asked Abhisit to show the evidence.

"If you [Abhisit] cannot find the evidence, it means that you cheated over 60 million Thai people and over 14 million Cambodian people as well," he added.

Hun Sen said negotiations on the overlapping claims area had taken place when Abhisit led the government, including at a meeting between himself and former Thai deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban and former minister of defence Pravit Wongsuwan in June 2009 in Cambodia's Kandal province. He also cited behind-the-scenes discussions between Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An and Suthep in Hong Kong in August 2009, and in Kunming, China in July 2010.


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