Junta chief expressed gratitude to Cambodian King

national July 04, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Junta chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday expressed gratitude to Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni for his kindness in granting pardon for a Thai activist jailed in Cambodia on espionage charge.

In his weekly televised programme, Prayuth also thanked Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen as well as Thai permanent secretary Sihasak Puangketkeow who helped secure freedom for Veera Somkwamkid.

Veera had been found guilty for spying trespassing into the Cambodian territory in 2011. Before being jailed, he was an active activist on ownership of Hindu-styled Preah Vihear Temple which the World Court ruled that it is in Cambodian territory. Yingluck government had failed to help Veera.

Veera was freed on Tuesday and returned to Thailand on Wednesday. It was confirmed that Prayuth played an important role in helping Veera.

Prayuth said Hun Sen understood the Thai political situation. He also referred to earlier labour problems which saw influx of migrant workers, mostly Cambodians, fled Thailand back to their home following rumours that the junta would crackdown on the migrant workers.

He said Hun Sen now understood and would cooperate with the Thai side the settle the issue.

 Now the Cambodian workers already returned to Thailand , he said, Thai authorities will do their best to take care of them. Now a one-stop-service centres were set up in many provinces to register the migrant workers.


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