Cambodian envoy back on Thai soil
Thailand and Cambodia have moved forward in their “normalisation” of diplomatic ties with the reinstatement of You Aye as Cambodian ambassador to Thailand.
The Cambodian envoy arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport at 10.30am yesterday, smiling to an army of reporters and photographers and even stopping to allow the cameramen to take her photograph.
But the ambassador refused to speak to the media and left immediately for the Cambodian embassy in central Bangkok.
You Aye returned to Bangkok one day after Prasas Prasasvinitchai arrived in Phnom Penh to re-assume his posting as Thai ambassador to Cambodia.
Mr Prasas was recalled by the Foreign Affairs Ministry last November in protest against Cambodia’s appointment of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as its economic adviser. Phnom Penh responded by recalling its ambassador.
The government decided to send Mr Prapas back to Cambodia following Thaksin’s decision to resign his economic adviser’s post. The announcement of the resignation was made on Monday in Phnom Penh.
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said yesterday dialogue would be a major means for Thailand to resolve border conflicts with Cambodia, which he hoped would not affect relations between the two countries.
In a related development, Surin governor Raphee Phongbuphakit said authorities still had to wait for notification from the governor of Siem Reap before they could pick up three Thais being detained in the Cambodian province after they were arrested last week for entering Cambodia illegally.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered their release after Mr Raphee contacted his counterpart in Siem Reap with an official request. The three detained are Sanong Wongcharoen, Lim Puangpet and Lan Sapsri.