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    [SIZE="4"]News From Defense & Security 2009 in Thailand.[/SIZE]

    Never regret that I support the Gripen in Thailand from the start. At least we will fly our jet with the datalink that Thai company is involved.





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    [SIZE="4"]Thailand outlines plan for indigenous UAV family[/SIZE]
    By Siva Govindasamy

    Thailand's defence ministry is starting a programme to develop an unmanned air vehicle capability, with the goal of eventually establishing a dedicated air force squadron.

    "Aerial reconnaissance plays the most important role in data collection for commander decisions, and has a major impact in a mission's success," it says. "To deploy aircraft, pilots and crew over dangerous conflict areas is a risky and costly operation. Modern and advanced UAV technology will help to reduce that risk and cost."

    The ministry adds that "UAV procurement, together with research work, will help prepare for mission and personnel readiness. This will also help acquire the technology to help the Royal Thai Air Force to establish a UAV squadron."

    There are three objectives to the UAV programme, the ministry says. The first is to buy and develop smaller UAVs and associated equipment. Next, it wants to begin research and development into medium and large UAVs. Finally, it aims to reduce its dependence on imports by having an indigenous capability.

    Three categories of UAV are being sought. The smallest would have a range of less than 15km (8.1nm), a 4,000ft (1,220m) service ceiling and an operational speed of not more than 30kt (55km/h). Its payload would be around 5kg (11lb) and endurance 1.5h.

    The medium UAV would have a range of up to 30km, fly at up to 5,000ft at a maximum speed of 50kt, and carry a payload of around 10kg. Endurance would be 2.5h.

    To fly for up to 6h, the largest system would have a maximum range of 100km with a 25kg payload, the ministry says. The aircraft would have a service ceiling of 10,000ft and fly at up to 60kt, it adds.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...av-family.html

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    [SIZE="4"]Uncertainty surrounds Thailand's F-16 upgrade plan[/SIZE]
    By Siva Govindasamy

    Thailand is completing a structural upgrade programme for its Lockheed Martin F-16A/B fighters, but there is still no indication on when a planned mid-life upgrade programme will begin.

    A Falcon Up modernisation programme for 57 aircraft was completed in February, and the first to go through the separate Falcon Star upgrade effort was delivered in 2008. Officials from Thai Aviation Industries, which is responsible for the upgrades, say it is still not clear when the latter project will be completed.

    A mid-life upgrade has also been mooted previously, and Lockheed officials have been involved in discussions with the Thai government. But budget constraints and a lack of clarity on what exactly the customer wants to do mean that this will not be decided in the near term, say industry sources.

    "The priority for the Thai government is the purchase of the [Saab] Gripens, and a follow-on order for the fighter," says one source. "They have been happy to do the structural upgrades on the F-16s, but there really isn't any money for a mid-life upgrade in the defence budget. Funds are tight for defence projects in this financial crisis, with the government concentrating on welfare programmes and pump-priming the economy."

    Another source says the delay stems from uncertainty over what would be included as part of the next modernisation effort.

    "There are many variations to the mid-life upgrade, and several options that are available," the source said during the Defence & Security Asia 2009 exhibition in Bangkok. "The avionics is normally a priority. The radar can be changed, while the aircraft could also be re-engined. These are things that the Thais have asked about several times, and Lockheed and other suppliers have responded."

    However, the source adds: "It is not clear what exactly they want to do. Until there is clarity on that - and I think we are a long way off from reaching that stage - a mid-life upgrade is just not going to happen."

    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...rade-plan.html

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    DATE:06/11/09
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    [SIZE="4"]Saab still confident of making repeat Gripen sale to Thailand[/SIZE]

    By Siva Govindasamy

    Saab is still waiting for Thailand to confirm an order for its next batch of six Gripen fighters, and says it not certain whether a decision on the deal will be made next year.

    Bangkok ordered six Gripen C/Ds in 2008 as part of a deal that also included one Saab 340-based airborne early warning and control aircraft. A repeat order had been expected to be approved earlier this year, but the Thai government has delayed this due to the effects of the global financial crisis.

    "We are waiting for Thailand to confirm the order. We are confident that it will come, it is just a matter of when," says Saab.

    The Swedish company conducted the first flight of a Thai Gripen - a two-seat D-model - from its Linköping site in mid-September and will begin deliveries to the nation's air force in 2011.

    Four Royal Thai Air Force pilots will travel to Sweden next year to begin training activities, and two Swedish Gripen pilots will be based in Thailand from late 2010 to further assist the service.

    Meanwhile, Saab and Thai company Avia Satcom have formed a new joint venture to develop products for the aviation and defence markets.

    The companies will initially focus on the development of a tactical datalink for use by Thailand's Gripens, but could later expand their co-operation to also include command and control systems, simulators, mission support systems and electronic warfare equipment. Other possible activities could include logistics support, training and upgrade activities, says Saab.

    "The joint venture will offer locally developed products for the Thai armed forces and the export market. It will also bring investments and leading edge technology to Thailand, and create highly advanced job opportunities for Thai professionals," says Kaj Rosander, Saab's campaign director for Gripen in Thailand.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...n-sale-to.html

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    nice picture of the narathiwat.

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    [SIZE="4"]Thai-Cambodia border situation calm : Army chief[/SIZE]

    Thai army affirmed Wednesday that there is no military movement along the border either by Thai or Cambodian side, Army commander in Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda said Wednesday.

    The situation is still calm, he said.

    However he said the military is closely monitoring the situation and avoiding cross-border confrontations following the high-profile visit of ex-Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to Phnom Penh on Tuesday.

    Thaksin is appointed by Cambodia as an economic adviser to Cambodia premier Hun Sen and his government.

    Thailand has protested the appointment on grounds that Thaksin is a fugitive, running away from a two-year jail term in Thailand for abuse of power and corruption.

    The country recalled its ambassador and reviewed cooperation and agreement with Camobida.

    Regarding Thaksin's interview with the Times daily in London, Gen Anupong said the army will instruct all military personnel to not to redistribute or discuss the article.

    Meanwhile Army spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the situation remains normal on the Cambodian border.

    Col Sansern said the people of the two countries have crossed border to do their business as usual.

    On Thursday, he said, there will be a friendly football match between Thai and Cambodian soldiers at Phoomsarol village in Kantharalak district of Si Sa Ket province.

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/sear...6&keyword=army

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    THAI-CAMBODIA RELATIONS
    [SIZE="4"]Bangkok to review loans for Cambodia's road projects[/SIZE]

    By Piyanart Srivalo
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    Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday ordered an review of two road construction projects with Cambodia which involved loans of more than Bt1.4 bn to Phnom Penh.

    The review is a further move of his government to protest Cambodia's appointment of convicted ex-Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra as economic adviser to Khmer PM Hun Sen and his government.

    Deputy Finance Minister Pruetichai Damrongrat told reporters that the No 68 road will link Chong Chom checkpoint in Surin province to Cambodia.

    Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said that the cabinet will not consider an financial assistance of Bt31 million to Cambodia in its meeting next week.

    The proposal is put on hold as a measure of Thailand to protest Cambodia.

    In a separate interview, Abhisit said he was considering further measures against Cambodia, but vowed that his government would not seal off checkpoints on the border and said that the rift with Phnom Pen would not lead to violence.

    "I don't want the situation going out of control," he said.

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009...s_30116445.php

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    [SIZE="4"]PM calls security council meeting[/SIZE]

    * Published: 12/11/2009 at 11:23 AM
    * Online news: Breakingnews

    Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva called an urgent meeting with the National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday morning.

    Those attending the meeting included Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, Deputy Interior Minister Boonjong Wongtrairat, heads of the armed forces and the foreign permanent secretary.

    They were expected to discuss Thai-Cambodian relations folowing Phnom Penh's official refusal to extradite fugitive former leader Thaksin Shinawatra.

    Thaksin, who as been appointed economic adviser to the Cambodian government, arrived in Phnom Penh on Tuesday and was due lecture economists and senior state officials there on Thursday morning. The lecture was titled "Cambodia and the World after the Financial Crisis".

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingn...-security-unit

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    [SIZE="4"]Cambodia and Thailand expel staff[/SIZE]

    Thailand and Cambodia have each expelled a top diplomat from the other country amid a row over ex-Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

    Cambodia ordered the first secretary of the Thai Embassy to leave Phnom Penh, and Thailand responded in kind.

    The move follows the appointment of Mr Thaksin as an economics adviser to the Cambodian government.

    In a speech in Cambodia earlier, Mr Thaksin accused Thailand's leaders of "false patriotism".

    Cambodia's foreign affairs ministry spokesman, Koy Kuong, said Phnom Penh expelled the Thai diplomat first and Thailand "responded by asking our first secretary to leave their country within the next 48 hours".

    "The Thai diplomat has executed work in contradiction to his position," he told the AFP news agency but gave no further details.

    Mr Thaksin was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and has been living in exile ever since.

    He has been sentenced in his absence to a two-year jail term in Thailand in a conflict of interest case.

    But Cambodia has refused an extradition request from Bangkok, saying the charges against him are politically motivated.

    Tense past

    At a lecture to business and government figures in Cambodia earlier on Thursday, Mr Thaksin said that what was good for Cambodia was also good for Thailand.

    "Of course not all my compatriots see it that way right now," he said.

    "I do not believe those who do not share our vision right now are myopic.

    "Their domestic political compulsions force them to false patriotism," he said, without elaborating.

    Thailand has already withdrawn its ambassador from Phnom Penh in protest at Cambodia's protection of Mr Thaksin.

    The Thai cabinet also cancelled a memorandum of understanding on joint oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Thailand.

    Relations between Thailand and Cambodia are already strained.

    In recent months there has been a series of disputes centred around the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple complex near the border between the two countries.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8357093.stm
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    [SIZE="4"]Thai arrested on espionage charge in Cambodia[/SIZE]

    * Published: 13/11/2009 at 03:35 PM
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    Cambodian police have charged a Thai man with spying on fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, further inflaming a diplomatic crisis between the neighbouring countries.

    The spy row erupted as Thaksin played a relaxed round of golf with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, underscoring Bangkok's powerlessness to make Phnom Penh extradite the fugitive politician to serve a jail term for conflict of interest while prime minister.

    Siwarak Chothipong, a 31-year-old employee of the Cambodia Air Traffic Service, which manages flights in the country, was accused of stealing Thaksin's flight schedule and sending it diplomats at the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodian deputy police chief Lt-Gen Sok Phal said on Friday.

    Lt-Gen Sok Phal alleged that Siwarak handed over the flight schedule to the first secretary at the Thai embassy, who was then ordered by Cambodia on Thursday to leave the country on Thursday for carrying out activities inconsistent with his official duties.

    Thailand responded on Thursday by ordering out the first secretary of Cambodia's mission in Bangkok.

    Mr Siwarak appeared in municipal court on Thursday and was charged with stealing information that could impact national security. If found guilty, he faces up to 15 years in jail.

    Officials said police were investigating whether more people were involved.

    Thailand rejected the "malicious" allegations against its citizen.

    "It's not true. It is a malicious and false claim," Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya told reporters before boarding a flight with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to attend the Apec regional summit in Singapore.

    Mr Kasit said he believed Mr Siwarak had been framed. He affirmed that the Foreign Ministry would ensure he receives proper treatment and justice.

    As for Thai staff at the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh, Mr Kasit said the Cambodian government was duty-bound to ensure their safety. Thailand accepts the same responsibility for staff at the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok.

    Mr Kasit said problems caused by the former Thaksin regime were still far from at an end. Thaksin was now using a neighbouring country as a base in his efforts to topple the Abhisit government, serving his own interests and causing damage to Thailand without any care for the majority of people.

    Cambodia expelled the Thai first secretary and Thailand reciprocated on Thursday in a sign of the growing tensions caused by the Cambodian government's appointment of Thaksin earlier this month as an economic adviser.

    Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said on Friday the Thai military attache would remain in Phnom Penh.

    Military ties must remain in place as a channel for negotiatons to prevent tension along the border, he said.

    He again gave an assruance the government would not let the problems affect the daily lives of Thai people living along the border with Cambodia.

    He said Phnom Penh's demand that the Thai government sack Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya was out of line. This was an internal matter for Thailand and a foreign government had no say in it.

    Mr Suthep said the government was being careful not to stir up too much among pariotism or people might not act rationally.

    He was responding to a question about reports that SMS messages had been sent to Cambodian people not to use products made in Thailand.

    Thaksin, who was ousted in a 2006 coup, arrived in Cambodia on Tuesday to take up the role and Hun Sen on Wednesday rejected Bangkok's formal extradition request for Thaksin.

    The countries had already recalled their ambassadors last week.

    Thaksin on Friday met a group of supporters before playing golf with Hun Sen in the tourist hub of Siem Reap. Hun Sen and Cambodian officials laughed and applauded Thaksin's shot as he teed off first at the luxury Angkor Golf Resort.

    He was later due to meet around 50 MPs from Thailand's main pro-Thaksin party, Puea Thai, who had crossed the border Friday, Puea Thai lawmaker Pongpan Sunthornrachai said.

    Thaksin hit out at the Thai government during a lecture in the capital Phnom Penh on Thursday, accusing Thai rulers of "false patriotism".

    Thaksin has pledged to help impoverished Cambodia understand finance, reduce poverty and lure more foreign investment. Cambodian officials have indicated he would leave the country Friday or Saturday and was not intending to live there.

    Abhisit on Thursday ordered a review of two road construction projects with Cambodia that involved loans of more than 1.4 billion baht (42 million dollars) to Phnom Penh, the finance ministry said.

    Thailand has already put all talks and cooperation programmes with Cambodia on hold and also tore up an oil and gas exploration deal signed during Thaksin's time in power.

    Tensions were already high between the two countries following a series of clashes over disputed territory near an ancient temple and the row threatens to mar a weekend summit of regional leaders with US President Barack Obama.

    Twice-elected Thaksin fled Thailand in August 2008, a month before the Supreme Court sentenced him to two years in jail in a conflict of interest criminal case.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/loca...spying-charges

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    [SIZE="4"]Kasit: Arrested man not a spy[/SIZE]

    * Published: 13/11/2009 at 02:10 PM
    * Online news: Breakingnews

    The Thai man who was arrested in Cambodia is not a spy and the Foreign Ministry is taking care of him, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said on Friday.

    Sivarak Chotipong, 31, a mechanic at Cambodia Air Traffic Services, is alleged to have passed flight schedules for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to the Thai authorities.

    MrKasit said Mr Sivarak is not a government spy and he believed the man had been framed. The Foreign Ministry would ensure he receives proper treatment and justice.

    As for Thai staff at the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh, Mr Kasit said the Cambodian government is duty-bound to ensure their safety. Thailand accepts the same responsibility for staff at the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok.

    Mr Kasit said problems caused by the former Thaksin regime were still far from at an end. Thaksin was now using a neighbouring country as a base in his efforts to topple the Abhisit government, serving his own interests and causing damage to Thailand without any care for the majority of people.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/poli...-man-not-a-spy

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    [SIZE="4"]Surin calls for rapid end to dispute[/SIZE]

    * Published: 13/11/2009 at 02:50 PM
    * Online news: Breakingnews

    The diplomatic conflict between Thailand and Cambodia should be brought to an end before the Asean-US summit scheduled for Sunday, the secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (Asean), Surin Pitsuwan, said on Friday.

    “The dispute is no longer an internal affair of Thailand or Cambodia. It is a conflict between two member countries of Asean and could affect the organisation’s plan to become an economic community in the near future,” he told reporters in Singapore.

    Mr Surin said he had sent letters to foreign ministers of all member countries of Asean asking for help in settling the escalating dispute between the two countries.

    The conflict arose after prime minister Hun Sen appointed fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra economic adviser to his government and his personal adviser.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingn...omatic-dispute

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    [SIZE="4"]Suthep:Govt sends no spy to Cambodia
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    * Published: 14/11/2009 at 01:47 PM
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    The Thai government had never sent a spy to seek information on flight schedule of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as accused of by Cambodia, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said on Saturday.

    Mr Suthep was responding to an accusation by Jatu**** Promphan, a core leader of the pro-Thaksin United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), that the government was behind the information spying.

    “The flight schedule of Thaksin was not a secret as the government knew that he was flying by his personal jet from India to Cambodia on Tuesday morninhg ”, Mr Suthep said.

    Cambodian police on Thursday arrested Siwarak Chotepong, an engineer at Samart Coorporation’s sudsiodiary in Cambodia on charge of spying.

    Mr Suthep insisted that Mr Siwartak’s arrest will not escalate the diplomatic dispute and lead to a border closure as some fear.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/poli...py-to-cambodia

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    [SIZE="4"]Abhisit won't cut troops[/SIZE]
    Khmer pullout from temple 'a tactical ploy'


    * Published: 14/11/2009 at 12:00 AM
    * Newspaper section: News

    Thailand will not dance to Cambodia's tune by withdrawing troops from the disputed Preah Vihear temple area, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva says.

    Mr Abhisit said yesterday more pressure would be put on Cambodia next week.

    Cambodia's removal of troops from the area was just a tactical ploy, he said. Phnom Penh wanted to give the appearance there were no problems relating to its plans to develop the ancient Hindu temple as a World Heritage site.

    "It is their plan and we are not going in that direction," Mr Abhisit said, after a meeting with Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya.

    Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the withdrawal of the 911 special forces unit from its post at the temple. The pullout ceremony was held in Siem Reap yesterday where Hun Sen and fomer Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra met with 60 Puea Thai Party MPs and other Thaksin supporters.

    The troop withdrawal came amid increasing tensions between the two neighbours which have escalated since Hun Sen appointed Thaksin as an economic adviser to his government and also his personal adviser. The ensuing diplomatic spat worsened on Thursday when Cambodia expelled a senior Thai envoy, which caused Mr Kasit to cut short his visit to Singapore.

    Mr Abhisit said the government was reviewing projects with Cambodia and some of them might be put forward to the cabinet for consideration next week.

    He said the government was not distracted by the diplomatic spat with Cambodia and its diplomatic response was in line with proper procedure.

    "There is nothing special about this because we have more important things to do," he said.

    Mr Abhisit said the government would take appropriate diplomatic measures against Cambodia.

    "We will not take action in haste. The steps we are to take must guarantee results," he said.

    The government is reviewing a 1.4 billion baht soft loan for a road project linking Surin province to Siem Reap.

    He said Cambodia's actions were intentionally provocative.

    "Partly this is because they [Hun Sen and Thaksin] need each other," he said.

    Mr Abhisit said the Thai-Cambodian rift was not serious enough to close the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh.

    Mr Abhisit scoffed at Thaksin's remarks that the government was promoting a false sense of patriotism.

    "We have not. The sentiment is stirred by Thaksin's actions which are found unacceptable and against the nation's interests," he said.

    Thaksin told Puea Thai MPs who visited him in Siem Reap last night the withdrawal of Cambodian troops was down to his friendship with Hun Sen.

    Hun Sen told the MPs that he was devastated by Thaksin's fate.

    "He is a great asset to Thailand but he has no place to stay. He doesn't even have a passport from his own country," he was quoted as saying.

    Hun Sen also said "Cambodia would not interfere in Thailand's internal affairs and the appointment of Thaksin would foster 'unprecedented' relationship between the two countries."

    Relations between Thai and Cambodian soldiers deployed in the disputed area seem to have remained undisturbed by the diplomatic flare-up.

    Sgt Maj 1st Class Jongrak Taenhom, who is among 10 Thai soldiers deployed near Wat Kaew Sikha Khiri, said there was no tension between Thai and Cambodian soldiers.

    "We eat together. We talk. There is no strain or tension. And now they have pulled out, so there is nothing to be tense about," he said.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/loca...n-t-cut-troops

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    [SIZE="4"]No overflight for Thaksin's jet, Thai on spy charge[/SIZE]

    * Published: 14/11/2009 at 12:00 AM
    * Newspaper section: News

    Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's private jet was denied a permit to fly over Thailand en route to Cambodia, where he arrived on Tuesday, according to a source.

    The request was filed with the Department of Civil Aviation under the Transport Ministry two weeks ago and passed on to the air force.

    "The air force received a report from the department and rejected the request," said the source.

    Thaksin's plane was forced to take another flight path.

    The comment came after Cambodian authorities accused Thailand of spying.

    A Thai engineer at Cambodia Air Traffic Services was arrested by Cambodian police on charges of spying.

    Cambodia, meanwhile, accused the Thai air force of violating Cambodia's airspace.

    Siwarak Chotphong was accused of stealing flight information on Thaksin's journey from Cambodia, and supplying it to the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh.

    Cambodia's national police spokesman Kirt Chantharith said Mr Siwarak was charged with releasing information related to Cambodia's national security.

    "He tried to search for information related to Thaksin's flight so he could send it out of the country," he said.

    Police were investigating whether more people were involved.

    Cambodian deputy national police chief Sok Phal said the spy allegations prompted Phnom Penh to expel the Thai embassy's first secretary Kamrob Palawatwicha on Thursday.

    "The first secretary ordered the man to copy the schedule of Thaksin's return flight, and that's why he was expelled," Sok Phal said.

    The Foreign Ministry and the air force denied the charges.

    Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said the arrest was an act of intimidation and Thaksin had caused a lot of trouble for the two countries.

    "The spying claim is malicious and false.

    "Thaksin feels he must destroy Thailand and collaborate with Hun Sen," Mr Kasit said.

    He had told the Thai embassy to Cambodia to look after Mr Siwarak, who had been detained and questioned by Cambodian authorities.

    Mr Kasit said there are now seven staff members left working at the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh. The Cambodian government is obligated to ensure their safety.

    Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the government would take care of Mr Siwarak in the same way it treated all Thais facing legal charges abroad.

    Air force spokesman Gp Capt Monthon Satchukorn said the air force had always strictly complied with aviation regulations and never intruded in Cambodia's airspace.

    "And in the current situation we are taking extra precautions to avoid provocation," he said.

    Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban yesterday met army chief Anupong Paojinda and deputy army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha.

    Gen Anupong also called a meeting with 2nd Army commander Lt Gen Vivalit Chornsamrit and senior officers to discuss the government's stand towards Cambodia.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/loca...-on-spy-charge

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    [SIZE="4"]Security boosted at Aranyaprathet checkpoints[/size]
    By The Nation
    Published on November 14, 2009

    Security boosted at Aranyaprathet checkpoints

    A total of 206 Cambodians, Laotians, Vietnamese and Burmese people were arrested for illegally entering Thailand. Police have seriously been cracking down on illegal migrants ahead of festive seasons following reports that some aliens have pickpocketed fa
    Stricter security measures are being imposed at the main border town in Sa Kaew following intelligence reports that Cambodian soldiers disguised as vendors had infiltrated into Thai soil on intelligencegathering operations.

    Three companies of Thai paramilitary rangers were stationed at the Rong Klua market near the Baan Khlong Luek border checkpoint in Aranyaprathet district to maintain surveillance after reports that 80 Cambodian soldiers dressed as civilians had entered Thailand along with 8,000 Cambodian vendors yesterday.

    Very few Thai people visited the market yesterday following growing tensions between the two countries while the regular number of Cambodian vendors entered Thailand, making the market full of vendors while short of Thai shoppers and visitors.

    Longer queues of Cambodian vendors were seen because Thai security forces searched their luggage and bodies more thoroughly than usual. Thai immigration officials told the Cambodians that the searches had nothing to do with the growing tensions, but resulted directly from a routine but stricter antinarcotics policy by the Thai government.

    Meanwhile, Labour Minister Phaitoon Kaeothong said the government was not planning to limit the number of legal Cambodian immigrant workers entering Thailand, despite growing calls from the public and certain media outlets. He said Thai employers and their productions or services relying on Cambodian workers, and subsequently Thai consumers, would otherwise be affected.

    Labour and employment offices in Chanthaburi, Prachin Buri, Trat, Sa Kaew, Buri Ram and Si Sa Ket provinces bordering Cambodia have been instructed to closely look out for possible gatherings of Cambodian workers for whatever purposes. There are now 148,120 Cambodian workers registered for employment in Thailand.

    In Bangkok, local police are stepping up their patrols and other operations, watching out for smalltime alien criminals and pickpockets who usually prey on victims in crowded events in Thailand during the festive months of November and December.

    Caretaker police chief Patheep Tanprasert said police patrols would be intensive at three coming events: Father's Day fair, Phuen Phueng Pha fair and Sillapacheep fair.

    Police arrested 206 illegal immigrants in October, including 96 Cambodians and 66 Burmese.

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009...l_30116567.php

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    [SIZE="4"]Anupong holds meeting with 2nd Army Area chief, senior officers[/SIZE]

    Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Anupong Paochinda held a meeting with the commander of the 2nd Army Area and senior Army officers to brief them of the government's stand towards Cambodia.

    Army spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the meeting was held at the Army headquarters at 3 pm.

    The senior officers were informed of the government's stand and latest reports regarding to the relations of the two countries.

    Sansern said they were also informed of the prime minister's concern about the wellbeing of the people living along the Thai-Cambodian border.

    They were informed that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva did not wan the strained diplomatic ties escalated into a security problem that affected the life of the people.

    The Nation

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/brea...Area-chief-sen

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    THAI-CAMBODIA ROWS
    [SIZE="4"]Commercial counselor to look after Thais in Cambodia[/SIZE]


    Alongkorn says he's afraid of a possible repetition of violence in 2003 when Thai embassy in Phnom Penh was burnt down.

    Singapore - Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot on Friday said his office of commercial affairs in Phnom Penh had been instructed to give a top priority to closely look after Thai diplomats' families to ensure their safety in the absence of some normal consular services.

    Following Cambodia's appointment of ex-Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra as economic adviser to Cambodian premier, Thai recalled its ambassador and Cambodia expelled Thailand's first secretary.

    "I already assigned our commercial attache to look after the remaining diplomats, particularly women and children. The attache will also take care of Thais in Cambodia also," said Alongkorn who is attending Apec Summit in Singapore.

    Speaking regarding news reports about Phnom Penh's arrest of a Thai man for allegedly spying on fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, he said the incident had fueled his concerns for the safety of Thais living in Cambodia.

    "I'm afraid of a possible repetition of the untoward incident in 2003" he said.

    The Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh was burned by angry Cambodian protesters in that year.

    Alongkorn said the commerce ministry is attempting to maintain trade ties between Thailand and Cambodia, and its commercial counsellor remains in Phnom Penh.

    Asked about the government's plan to evacuate Thais if violence breaks out, he said Thai government agencies concerned had contingency plans in place.

    The minister stressed that the Thai government had attempted to separate the political problem from trade and economic affairs. The Thai premier had a clear stance on countering Phnom Penh through diplomatic channels while maintaining relations in business and economic affairs.

    However, he conceded that the situation, if allowed to continue unabated, could definitely affect the trade, investment and tourism of both countries.

    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009...l_30116609.php
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    The Saab 340 AEW&C aircraft with Erieye radar, which is destined for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), took to the skies for the first time on Friday, flying from Saab’s Linkoping plant where airborne early warning and control conversion work is undertaken. Thailand has one AEW&C aircraft on order (plus another option), as part of a deal involving Gripen fighters. The Thai aircraft previously flew with the Swedish air force, but is being overhauled and upgraded prior to delivery, which is expected in about a year. In the interim, RTAF personnel will receive training in Sweden.
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