In The News: Thai-Cambodian Standoff
I'm getting bore of this. :bash:
[B][I][SIZE="4"]Thailand protest Cambodia over troop intrusion[/SIZE][/I][/B]
By Supalak Ganjanakhundee
Published on September 17, 2008
[B]Thailand protested to Cambodia on Tuesday over an intrusion of troops into the border area at the temple of Ta Kwai in Surin province.[/B]
[B]It was the third Khmer sanctuary since July to create conflict between the two neighbours after the disputes over the Preah Vihear and Ta Muen Thom temples.[/B]
The Foreign Ministry's permanent secretary Virasakdi Futrakul summoned Cambodia's ambassador Ung Sean to take an aide-memoire at the ministry yesterday.
[B]The memoire said some 70 Cambodian armed forces had intruded into the temple on September 6. It was the second intrusion since some 30 Cambodian troops were seen earlier at the temple between August 3 and 6. [/B]
"These acts constituted a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Thailand," the memoire said.
[B]Thailand asked Cambodia to do its utmost to avoid a recurrence of the incident in the future, it said. Ung Sean did not talk to reporters after the meeting with Virasakdi at the ministry.[/B]
The ministry's acting spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said there was no longer a military stand off in the area since both sides had redeployed their respective armed forces elsewhere.
[B]The withdrawal of Cambodian troops from the site and vicinity came only after repeated protests from local Thai authorities. [/B]
Cambodia's government spokesman Khieu Kanharith said earlier that Thai troops had moved into an area close to the temple also known in Cambodian as Ta Krabey. Cambodia was preparing to appeal to a "third international party" to intervene, he said.
Thani said the dispute could be solved bilaterally. Thailand is committed to cooperation with Cambodia within the framework of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission on Demarcation for Land Boundary (JBC) with a view to resolving the boundary issue in a just and peaceful manner, he said.
[B]The issue might be discussed when Thai and Cambodian delegations meet in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly later this month, he said.[/B]
[B]In a separate issue, Thailand has dismissed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's doubts over its ability to host the upcoming Asean summit due to the ongoing political crisis.[/B]
The Foreign Ministry's acting spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said Thailand, as the chair of the group, is ready for the summit. Preparation for the Asean summit and other endeavours by Thailand are on track, he said.
[B]"Recent political developments in Thailand have not in any way affected the preparations which are in line with the announced timelines," he said.[/B]
[B]To show its commitment, the Thai Senate yesterday approved the bill on protection for the operation of the Asean, enabling Thailand to ratify the Asean charter, he said.[/B]
[quote]Cambodian troops move to the temple. / manager.co.th[/quote]
[quote]Ta Kwai temple. / manager.co.th[/quote]
[quote]Map. / manager.co.th[/quote]
[SIZE="4"]Thailand protests against Cambodia’s violation of Thailand’s sovereignty in the Temple of Ta Kwai area [/SIZE][/I][/B]
September 16, 2008
[B]According to the news report, Cambodian armed units have entered and occupied the Temple of Ta Kwai (Prasat Ta Kwai) in early August and September 2008.[/B]
[B]On 16 September 2008 at 17.00 hrs., Mr. Virasakdi Futrakul, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs invited the Cambodian Ambassador to Thailand to receive an Aide-Memoire protesting Cambodia’s violation of Thailand’s sovereignty in the Temple of Ta Kwai area within Surin Province of Thailand. The summary of the Aide-Memoire is as follows:[/B]
1. On 6 September 2008, a Cambodian armed unit had been intruding into the Temple of Ta Kwai area which is situated in the Thai territory (after a previous intrusion by Cambodian military unit of about 30 men during 3-6 August 2008). The Thai local authorities therefore requested the said Cambodia unit to evacuate the area. The request was however disregarded for several days and the said Cambodian unit was withdrawn from the site and its vicinity only after repeated protests from the said Thai local authorities.
2. These acts constituted violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Thailand. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs therefore formally lodges a protest in this regard and requests that the Royal Government of Cambodia do its utmost to avoid this kind of unfortunate incident in the future.
3. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hereby reaffirms Thailand’s commitment to closely cooperate with Cambodia within the existing framework of the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission on Demarcation for Land Boundary (JBC) with a view to resolving boundary issues in a just and peaceful manner in accordance with international law.
[B]The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirms that Temple of Ta Kwai is situated in Thai territory. Thailand and Cambodia is currently in the process of joint survey and demarcation for the entire stretch of 798 kilometers of land boundary in accordance with the MOU of 2000. The said process has progressed well and is a mechanism for solving all boundary issues, including this issue.[/B]
[I][SIZE="4"]Govt rejects Asean chairmanship fears[/SIZE][/I]
Thailand committed, ready for the task[/B]
ANUCHA CHAROENPO, ACHARA ASHAYAGACHAT & THANIDA TANSUBHAPOL
[B]Thailand yesterday rejected concerns raised by Cambodia about the kingdom's ability to chair the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), due to its political turmoil. [/B]
[B]The government, Foreign Ministry and Thai ambassador to Cambodia said the ongoing crisis between the government and the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) will not affect Thailand's chairmanship or its plans to host the regional Asean summit later this year. [/B]
[B]The fears raised by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen were discussed by the cabinet. Government spokesman Pol Lt-Gen Wichienchote Sukchoterat said after the meeting that the grouping's chairmanship will not be affected by Thailand's domestic issues. [/B]
Hun Sen suggested the chairmanship be given to Singapore or Vietnam to avoid problems in Asean. But the Thai government rejected the idea.
[B]''Why would we hand the position over to another country?'' said Pol Lt-Gen Wichienchote. ''The political turmoil is an internal problem. We don't want other countries to interfere.'' [/B]
Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Thani Thongphakdi rejected having other members host the Asean meeting.
Thailand has shown commitment to Asean with its readiness to ratify the Asean Charter during the summit in December in Bangkok, he added.
[B]The Senate yesterday approved a law enabling Thailand to ratify the charter. It requires royal endorsement. [/B]
Thai ambassador to Cambodia, Viraphand Vacharathit, said Thailand had prepared for the chairmanship long before taking over the rotating post from Singapore in July and was ready to take care of Asean affairs.
[B]''After all, Thailand has organised several big international events no matter what the circumstances,'' he said. [/B]
[B]A government source said Cambodian government spokesman Khieu Kanharith yesterday clarified that Hun Sen was worried that the problems in Thailand would affect Asean's image. His intention was to see the Thai situation return to normal, he added. [/B]
[B]Somkiati Ariyapruchya, dean of the Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations at Rangsit University, said Hun Sen's remarks were not helpful to bilateral relations. [/B]
What Cambodia should focus on now is solving border disputes with Thailand through bilateral negotiations, he said.
[B]''It is an uncalled-for remark and fellow members of Asean out of normal courtesy should refrain from commenting on internal matters of other fellows,'' said Mr Somkiati, who is also a retired ambassador. [/B]
[B]''Thailand has a lot of experience in handling Asean meetings and it does not need to relinquish the Asean chairmanship,'' he added.[/B]
Exercise SINGSIAM 15/2008
SINGSIAM 15/2008, a join exercise between Royal Thai Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy, first begin in 1985 and this is the 15th of this training.
The training was held on 17 - 27 Aug 2008 in the Gulf of Thailand.
Royal Thai Navy
- HTMS Pattani
- HTMS Rajcharit
- HTMS Phuket
Republic of Singapore Navy
- RSS Tenacious
- RSS Victory
- RSS Independence
This is photo from training. Sad that no hi-res photo avaliable.:cantbeli:
Official from RTN.
Procurement Update: B.ThO.2 self-development trainer
B.ThO.2 is bases on SF-260MT RTAF previously operated decades ago. This is a reverse-engineering prototype ot RTAF primary trainer. The final model is RTAF-6 which is under development. p-)
[B][I][SIZE="4"]Govt 'not party' to peace talks[/SIZE][/I]
Southerners, Samak adviser meet in Bogor[/B]
BANGKOK POST AND AGENCIES
[B]A fresh dialogue called in a bid to end the southern unrest was held in Indonesia over the weekend but the Thai government says it is not involved.[/B]
[B]The talks were mediated by Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said.
He said five representatives from the deep South and negotiators from Bangkok attended the two-day meeting, which ended yesterday. [/B]
He did not identify the southerners, but said the Bangkok delegation included Kwanchart Klaharn, a former Fourth Army commander. In February, Gen Kwanchart was appointed by cabinet as an adviser to then-defence minister Samak Sundaravej.
Gen Kwanchart is thought to be among the names put forward for the defence portfolio in Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat's new cabinet line-up, if Mr Somchai decides not to concurrently take the post.
[B]However, Foreign Ministry spokesman Tharit Charungvat said the government was not involved in any talks in Indonesia and it had not asked Jakarta to act as a mediator. [/B]
[B]"We did not send any representatives to Indonesia," Mr Tharit said. [/B]
[B]"Our position is that the situation in the South is an internal conflict and we will not set up any talks with the militants." [/B]
Mr Kalla met the delegations one after the other in a corridor separating the palace's Bung Karno meeting room and library, Antara news agency reported. The Bangkok delegation, which had been waiting in the right wing room, entered the corridor first and shook hands with Mr Kalla. Minutes later, the delegation from the South entered the corridor from the left wing room and also shook hands with him.
[B]Representatives were asked by Mr Kalla to "shake hands with one another before talking". [/B]
The event was observed by scholars from Indonesia's Paramadina University and Indonesian ambassador to Thailand Mohammad Hatta.
[B]A senior army officer told Issara news agency the talks grew out of cooperation between Thailand and Indonesia on tackling the insurgency. [/B]
[B]"Mr Kalla talked about the issue with former prime minister Samak when he made an official visit to Indonesia early this year," he said. [/B]
[B]It is expected that Jakarta's success in securing a permanent ceasefire in Aceh would be a model for Thailand to solve the insurgency in the far South. In June this year, cabinet assigned the Interior Ministry and the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre to study the solution in Aceh. [/B]
Earlier this year, former army chief and Ruam Jai Thai Chart Pattana leader Gen Chettha Thanajaro, a former defence minister, was criticised after he announced a joint ceasefire with a group called Thailand United Southern Underground, claiming to represent 11 separatist groups in the region.
Army officials and security experts dismissed the ceasefire as a publicity stunt, and the violence did not stop.
Srisompob Chitpiromsri, director of the Songkhla-based Southern Watch Centre, yesterday called on the government to release more information about the talks.
[B]"My worry is the rebel group at the talks has no direct involvement in the southern violence," he said. [/B]
[B]Pattani Islamic Committee chairman Waedueramae Mamingi said he had not been informed of the weekend's talks.
"It will give hope to villagers in the area," he said. [/B]
His province encountered the most cases of daily violence last month, according to the Internal Security Operations Command Region 4.
In August, 45 people were killed and 136 injured in the violence.
[I][SIZE="4"]PM tipped to take defence portfolio, too[/SIZE][/I]
Non-MPs will be in new cabinet, says Somchai[/B]
[B]Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has once again exerted his influence, this time to secure the defence portfolio for his brother-in-law, new Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, a source in the Defence Ministry said yesterday. [/B]
[B]The source said Mr Thaksin had made phones calls from Britain to his Class 10 classmates at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, who make up the Defence Ministry's strategic military unit, asking them to support Mr Somchai's dual appointment as defence minister. [/B]
[B]The source said Mr Somchai will not appoint a deputy. He will be assisted by a group of Mr Thaksin's Class 10 friends headed by ACM Sumet Phomanee. [/B]
The unit was appointed when Samak Sundaravej was prime minister and defence minister.
[B]The source said Mr Somchai would be welcomed by the top brass since he already had the support of army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda and defence permanent secretary Winai Phattiyakul. [/B]
[B]"Mr Somchai's appointment as defence minister would not upset the military equation. That's because he has never been a member of the armed forces and is not part of any pre-cadet or cadet class or any faction. His appointment won't cause any tension between factions. Mr Somchai will not want to create enemies in the military either," said the source. [/B]
As defence minister, Mr Somchai is expected to chair the first meeting of the Defence Council on Thursday, the last meeting for the military chiefs due to retire at the end of the month.
He said yesterday his cabinet line-up was 90% complete. He was waiting for the list under the quota of the Puea Pandin party and was expecting to receive it last night.
He has already forwarded some of the names to the cabinet secretariat to verify their qualifications.
He confirmed last night the cabinet would include some non-MPs who would serve in the economic ministries.
[B]The new line-up would be completed before tomorrow's weekly cabinet meeting, he said. [/B]
The list was confidential, known only to the leaders of the coalition parties. "I have even kept my wife Yaowapa in the dark," he said
A Chart Thai source said the party's cabinet line-up would be unchanged except for former deputy transport minister Anurak Jureemart, who faces a court case over the 2003 digit lottery.
Mr Anurak would be replaced by Warawut Silpa-archa, son of Chart Thai party leader Banharn, the source said.
Puea Pandin deputy leader Mun Patanotai said his party's cabinet members would be unchanged.
Sukhumpong Ngonkham, deputy secretary-general of the People Power party (PPP), has recommended the postponement of tomorrow's cabinet meeting until the cabinet is sworn in.
At the Matchimathipataya party, leader Anongwan Thepsuthin was reportedly pressured by PPP's core members to move from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to another portfolio, a PPP source said.
She was also forced to remove Banyin Tangpa****, the deputy commerce minister, said the source.
The energy portfolio currently held by Poonpirom Liptapanlop is likely to be handed to Wannarat Charnweerakul, a brother-in-law of Lt-Gen Poonpirom.
Maj-Gen Sornchai Montriwat said no one had yet invited former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh to join the cabinet, but he felt if Gen Chavalit was invited he would accept.