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KI Media Thailand: Deny! Falsify the fact! Deny! Pointing finger! Deny!

30 April, 2011


[Thai] Press briefing on the current Thai-Cambodian issues

April 30, 2011, 9:00 am

On 28 April 2011, Mr. Thani Thongphakdi, Director-General of the Department of Information and Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, together with Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd, Spokesperson of the Army, gave a press briefing to the media on the current Thai-Cambodian border situation. Gist as follow:

1. Historical records have shown that Ta Kwai Temple and Ta Muen Temples, situated around 140 kilometers from the Phra Viharn Temple, are in Thailand, and that they have both been listed as Thailand’s national heritage sites since 1935. Also, since the early 1990s, the Thai authorities have been renovating the Temples complex. Cambodian reports that Thailand has been shelling these temples therefore make no sense.

2. The fact is that Thailand has never initiated clashes with Cambodia. The country has no reason or rationale to do so, considering its trade with and investment in Cambodia as well as what the country has been doing to enhance cooperation, to assist and to promote the creation of an ASEAN Community.

3. Be that as it may, if attacked, Thailand has to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in accordance with international law and proportionately, directing fire only at military targets and taking great care to avoid civilian areas. In this regard, it should be noted that Cambodia had occasionally fired artillery from populated areas into Thailand, and that Thailand had refrained from retaliating into those areas for fear of causing civilian casualties. This practice of using civilians as a “human shield” is of great concern and the international community should look into it.

4. Prior to the 22 April incident, satisfactory progress had been made, notably with regard to the meeting of the Joint Boundary Commission in Bogor, Indonesia on 7-8 April 2011 and the discussions of the draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the dispatch of the Indonesian observers to the Thai and Cambodian sides of the border. The attacks on 22 April therefore came as a surprise, and Thailand has since called on Cambodia to return to the negotiating table to end the dispute through peaceful dialogue.

5. Regarding the meeting between the Thai and Cambodian Defence Ministers, although Thailand had wanted this to take place, the Cambodian side had failed to show its sincerity by ceasing hostilities. While the Cambodian side said they were ready to talk, attacks continued on the ground. Furthermore, the proposed visit was distorted and played up in Cambodia, which portrayed that the Thai side was going to Cambodia to seek a halt of hostilities given the casualties suffered by the Thai side. Thailand, nevertheless, hopes that this meeting between the two Defence Ministers will take place in the near future when conditions are conducive.

6. Regarding the issue of Indonesian observers, it should be recalled that it was at Thailand’s initiative and invitation that the observers would be sent to the area near the Phra Viharn Temple. This decision was made at the meeting between the Thai prime minister, defence minister, foreign minister and army commander-in-chief, held two days before the Informal ASEAN Foreign Minister’s Meeting on 22 February 2011 in Jakarta. Since then, discussions on the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Indonesia observers have been on-going. Being an open society, Thailand’s consultation process may take time. At present, most part of the TOR has been agreed upon with only a few technical points remaining, such as the issue of privileges and immunities for the Indonesian observers.

7. It is regrettable that the Thai cabinet decision of 26 April 2011 has been distorted by press announcements by Cambodia as being a declaration of war. In fact, the said cabinet decision made three points, namely that: (1) if attacked, Thailand would respond in self-defence to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in accordance with international law as appropriate; (2) Thailand would undertake diplomatic efforts to seek the support of friendly countries to urge Cambodia to return to the negotiating table as border issues should be addressed and resolved peacefully through negotiations; and (3) relevant government agencies have been asked to review the status of their relationship with Cambodia, so that the Government could have a clear picture of the current state of the relations between the two countries.

8. Regarding talks between the 2nd Army Regional Commander of Thailand and the 4th Regional Commander of Cambodia on 28 April 2011, this took place after the Ministers of Defence of the two countries spoke on the phone. Both sides would propose to their respective superiors that any hostilities should end, and that for areas where there continues to be some shooting, local commanders should talk to end hostilities as soon as possible. Another issue raised is the reopening of international border passes which, due to the present situation, had to be closed temporarily. While there is yet no official confirmation, the statement made by the Cambodian side is a positive step forward.

9. As for the question whether the latest border incidents would affect the election date, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has stated that he will continue with his schedule for the dissolution of the House of Representatives, which is early May.
29 April 2011

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KI Media You may run, but you have nowhere to hide … when you are part of…

30 April, 2011
Said al-Arab Gaddafi
EDITOR’S NOTE: PICTURE TAKEN ON GUIDED GOVERNMENT TOUR Damage which the Libyan government said was caused by a coalition air strike is seen at the house of Saif Al-Arab Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in Tripoli April 30, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Louafi Larbi

Libyan leader’s son Saif al-Arab killed in NATO strike

Sat Apr 30, 2011

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi survived a NATO airstrike on Saturday night that killed his youngest son Saif al-Arab and three of his grandchildren, a Libyan government spokesman said.

Mussa Ibrahim said Saif al-Arab was a civilian and a student who had studied in Germany. He was 29 years old.

Libyan officials took journalists to the house, which had been hit by at least three missiles. The roof had completely caved in in some areas, leaving strings of reinforcing steel hanging down among chunks of concrete.

A table football machine stood outside in the garden of the house, which was in a wealthy residential area of Tripoli.

(Reporting by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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KI Media “Eat my shorts! Thailand”

30 April, 2011


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand regarding the situation along the Thai-Cambodian border on 27-29 April 2011

April 29, 2011, 8:20 pm


With regard to the situation along the Thai-Cambodian border on 27-29 April 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to state the following:

1. On 27 April 2011 from 20.40-21.10 hours, the Cambodian troops started launching attacks into the area around Ta Kwai Temple in Panom Dongrak District, Surin Province, Thailand, using small arms, mortars, artilleries, rocket propelled grenades and hand grenades. The exchange of fires expanded into the area around Ta Muen Temples, Surin Province. The unprovoked armed attack by Cambodian troops resumed from 23.30 hours until 00.50 hours of the next day (28 April 2011).

2. On 28 April 2011 from 04.00-08.30 hours, the Cambodian troops renewed the armed attack using small arms, mortars and artilleries into the area around Ta Kwai Temple and Ta Muen Temples, as well as Karb Cheang District hospital in Surin Province. The attacks resulted in the death of one Thai soldier and injuries of eleven Thai soldiers and six civilians.

At 10.30 hours, the Commander of the Second Army Area of Thailand and the Commander of the Fourth Military Region of Cambodia met at the border to discuss measures to be taken to reduce tensions. The mutual understanding resulting from the said meeting included the avoidance of armed clashes of both sides. However, at 21.00 hours, the Cambodian troops resumed firing rifles and launching hand grenades into the area of Ta Muen Temples, Chong Krang Pass and Ta Kwai Temple, in Surin Province, constituting a breach of aforementioned understanding.

3. On 29 April 2011 from 03.00-06.00 hours, the unprovoked armed attack by Cambodia started again in the area around Ta Kwai Temple, with the use of small arms, rifles, hand grenades and mortars. The result of this round of attack caused one death of Thai soldier and injuries of six Thai soldiers.

4. Thailand exercised its utmost restraint. Nevertheless, the repetition of these provocative acts of aggression left the Thai troops with no choice but to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as in protection of the Thai civilians in the area, by using proportionate means with necessity, under international law, and strictly directed at only military targets.

Nonetheless, the Thai troops chose not to react to the armed attack by Cambodia on several occasions when the civilian population could be at risk of danger. One such occasion was on 26 April 2011 when the Cambodian troops fired BM 21 rockets from the O Samet Village, O Samet District, Udon Meechai Province in Cambodia into the area around Ta Kwai Temple and Ta Muen Temples in Thailand. Thailand has tried to avoid causing losses to civilians as much as possible and, in exercising utmost restraint, decided not to respond to the said armed attack by Cambodia. However, the series of armed attack by Cambodia on that day resulted in the death of one Thai civilian and injuries of two Thai civilians.

5. Thailand therefore protests in a strongest term that the repeated unprovoked armed attacks by Cambodia, and the use of civilians including children and women as “human shield” are in clear violation of international law. Thailand condemns Cambodia’s acts of aggression which have put the lives of civilians at risks. Thailand also deplores the breach of understanding on avoidance of armed clashes by Cambodian troops which underlines the insincerity of Cambodia to resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner.

6. Thailand hereby demands that such provocative conducts by Cambodia be ceased immediately and calls on the Cambodian side to resolve disputes through peaceful dialogue under existing bilateral mechanisms.
29 April 2011

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KI Media MOU 2000-The Root Cause of Thai-Cambodian Conflicts

30 April, 2011

By Pang Sokheoun

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed in 2000 under the Democrat-led government of Chuan Leekpai and the dictatorship-led government of Hun Sen, is a legal instrument meant to set up a joint boundary committee, to help survey and demarcate the border of the two countries Thailand and Cambodia initiated by Thailand.

Many of Cambodians are made to believe that this MOU 2000 is the main legal instrument, giving Cambodia the upper hand, to bring peace, to negotiate the border conflicts, to protect Cambodian territory and on how to demarcate the border lines. But to me I see it as disadvantage and a root cause of all the problems.

I don´t want to explore other root causes of the conflicts but just MOU 2000 to why it has become the effective instrument to create the border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia until today.

The positive point of the MOU 2000 for Cambodia is that the border´s resolution between the two countries will be negotiated and demarcated basing on its Article 1 (c), which says:”Maps which are the result of demarcation works of the Commission of Delimitation of the Boundary between Indochina and Siam set up under the Convention of 1904 and the Treaty of 1907 between France and Siam, and other documents relating to the application of the Convention of 1904 and the Treaty of 1907 between France and Siam.”

With this, it is sure that the “maps” mentioned in this Article is the 1:200,000 scale one, which is part of a series of maps made by France that show the Preah Vihear Temple and its adjacent area being in Cambodia.

However, we should recognize that this MOU 2000 also gives Thailand the bid in blocking border negotiation and demarcationwhich thought to be critical to its national pride. More, it plays as the key alibi for Thailand to lay claim for any land areas along the borders for its political and national interests as it has happened so far, for instances, the case of Prasat Preah Vihear , Prasat Ta Mean Thom, and Prasat Ta Krobei.

If we remember before the clashes happened at Prasat Preah Vihear, Thailand often raised four reasons to argue such as: (1) the easy gateway to reach the temple is from the Thai side, (2) the borderline doesn´t follow the watershed principle, (3) the border line demarcation is not yet complete, and (4) it needs co-management plan of Prasat Preah Vihear. But from 2009 Abhsit has turned these arguments to be only one practical point – the “disputed zone” or “white zone”, which he based his claim on the spirit of MOU 2000 in particular Article 5 which stated that:

“To facilitate the effective survey along the entire stretch of common land boundary, authorities of either Government and agents shall not carry any work resulting in changes of environment of the frontier zone, except that which is carried out by the Joint Technical Sub-Commission in the interest of the survey and demarcation.”

With this, he repeatedly defends Thailand´s position at the international arena that Thailand is not invading Cambodia but it acts in self-defense and protect Thailand´s territory which Cambodia is occupying.

He also interprets that the MOU 2000 prioritize the bilateral talk under framework of the General Border Committee and the Regional Border Committee. This is the main reason that Thailand keeps insisting the bilateral talk with Cambodia even though it clearly knows that the talk has not worked for years.

The benefits of the MOU 2000 raised by Abhsit are clearly told in some of his speeches published in the followings:

  • Speaking during his weekly TV and radio address, Sunday, 8 August 2010 Abhisit emphasized the Thai government understanding of the apparent impasse while the commission acknowledges that Cambodia is still unable to submit its map. He said that the 2000 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) contains benefits to Thailand as it prevents the Cambodian government from submitting its map to the UNESCO World Heritage Commission (WHC) because the border demarcation is not yet completed.
  • During the TV night broadcast on 23 January 2011, Abhisit said that the memorandum was a tool for keeping either country from asserting unilaterally its territorial claim over disputed border areas. The memo required the two countries to determine together what aspects of the dispute could be settled and what remained contentious.
  • And most importantly, Abhisit said in his letter to UN to counter Hun Sen´s letter to UN dated 10 August 2010 that the current problems with Cambodia stemmed from Cambodia’s encroachments of Thai territory. “The current problems arise from Cambodia’s encroachment of Thailand’s territory in violation of international law, and in particular Article 5 of MOU”, said the letter.

So, we do wonder why Cambodian leader signed this MOU if we have already had the internationally recognized treaties, maps, and verdict to demarcate the border lines of the countries. Didn´t Cambodian government have any legal team work, international law experts, political analysts to analyze the vision and the affect of this MOU before it was signed?

Now, we need this MOU revoked because it benefits nothing to Cambodia but giving Thailand the reasons to invade us, losing more territorial integrity, and suffering our people.

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KI Media WHO Shoots First?

30 April, 2011

By Pang Sokheoun

We have heard the endless accusation game of the two countries about who shoots first in the Thai-Cambodian conflicts. Now I may analyze this as a tip.


  • Extremist group pressure: The extremist group in Thailand may pressure Abhisit and Thai military to attack Cambodia in order to revenge Cambodia for jailing heir friends and to takeover those Khmer Prasat by forces.
  • Leadership conflict: Thai army and Abhisit are not getting along. They have internal conflict over how to resolve the conflicts with Cambodia. Abhsit may want to have talk but not the army.
  • Power status-quo: Thai army has been viewed as the champion of coup de´ta in the world. It is the elite in the army that control Thailand. These people want to sustain their power sources by waging war against Cambodia and testing their military might.
  • Nationalism: The dispute is seen as a way to rally nationalist sentiment and also, most importantly, to entrench the armed forces at the center of national security and political life. In the run-up to what is expected to be a hotly contested national election, keeping in the center of politics will be crucial for the military, and so they are unlikely to abandon the dispute.
  • Military pressure for bilateral talk: It is the only option that Thailand can do now in order to pressure Cambodia back to bilateral talk. Thailand never wants third party to get involved or it will lose again. Thailand dares to choose this option because it clearly understands the the weakness of ASEAN, Cambodian leaders and Cambodian military logistic. It seems to prove right that Hun Xen a few days ago gave a blink that he opted to accept bilateral talk for the two temples- Prasat Ta Mean Thom and Prasat Ta Korbey, but Thailand needs all negotiations in bilateral principle with Cambodia, included Prasat Preah Vihear. So it must continue the the attack.
  • Diplomatic and political justification: To tell the World Heritage Committee (WHC) that the conflicts don´t occur only at Preah Vihear temple. They happen anywhere because the two countries haven´t completed the border survey and demarcation yet. So, the conflicts around Preah Vihear temple is not the only case and WHC should reconsider about Thailand´s request to withdraw the Preah Vihear Listing and the management plan areas around it.
  • Abhsit´s government´s status-quo: Abhsit and military may want these conflicts to be more escalated in order to remain in power without election.
  • Internal issues distraction: Abhishit and the army may want to distract Thai people from condemning their incompetent leadership in dealing with the internal conflicts, southern violence, and social and economic injustice in the country.
  • Offensive diplomacy against Cambodia: It is also a way to save its face in the international arena by trying to demoralizing Cambodia through its two strategical faces: diplomatically initiate peaceful negotiation in the front and strategically plan the attack at the back. And then fuel offensive propaganda that Thailand is acting in self-defense and proportion.


  • World attention: To get the attention of the third party, ASEAN, UNSC and others.
  • Internal distraction: Hoon Xen may use this a pretext to distract Cambodian people to from his violent rule in the country, like land eviction and economic hardship.
  • Distraction from Eastern invasion: It is also a means to distract Cambodians from Viet invasion at the east.
  • Family political dynasty: It is the only chance for his son to build up his merits for future´ political career, to replace him(?).
  • Nationalism and power: To gain more supports from the people so that he can cling on longer to power.

NOTE: To the observers, it is believed that Thailand is being viewed as the provoker because it has refused to accept the multiparty talk and sign the Term of Reference to allow the international observers to monitor the border conflict areas in order to maintain peace. Whereas Cambodia has repeatedly demanded it and more importantly Cambodia is weaker than Thailand, so there is no reason that Cambodia provokes war against its more powerful neighbor. Most importantly, those Prasats geographically and legally belong to Cambodia so there is no reason that Cambodia invades Thailand.

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KI Media Thailand: Deny, Disparage Cambodia, Take credit for everything ……

30 April, 2011


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson responds to questions about the military’s role in Thai-Cambodian relations

April 30, 2011, 12:06 pm

In response to questions regarding recent media reports alleging that the Thai side may have initiated recent clashes between Thailand and Cambodia due to domestic politics, criticizing the role of the Thai military in Thai-Cambodian relations, as well as alleging lack of coordination between the Thai Foreign Ministry and the military, Mr. Thani Thongphakdi, Director-General of the Department of Information and Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said that clarifications have already been sent to the news agencies concerned, which can be summarized as follows:

First, Thailand did not start recent clashes with Cambodia because it simply has no reason to do so and no benefit to gain therefrom. Any such adverse action would only harm Thai civilians living along the border and undo what Thailand has long been working for in promoting relations with Cambodia and advancing ASEAN on its road towards becoming an ASEAN Community. Besides trade and investment, Thailand has pursued various forms of cooperation with Cambodia, many aimed at bettering the well-being of its people. It therefore makes no sense for the Thai side to undo all this hard work.

Second, since the clashes in February 2011, there has been progress in bilateral talks. The Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission met in Bogor, Indonesia, on 7-8 April. In addition, as the UNSC and ASEAN have urged both countries to resolve the border problem bilaterally, there is no reason for Thailand to take any action to derail these processes.

Third, rather than resisting observers, it must also be recalled that it was Thailand who had invited the dispatch of Indonesian observers, the terms of reference for which is close to being finalized. The decision to invite the Indonesia observers to Thailand was also made jointly at a meeting on 20 February 2011, chaired by the Prime Minister and with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defence and the Army Commander-in-Chief taking part. Since then, there have been close consultations between all the relevant government agencies concerned. It is therefore not true that the Foreign Ministry and the military are in disagreement on this issue and other issues regarding Cambodia.

Lastly, if one is to insist on analyzing the Thai-Cambodian issue from the perspective of domestic politics, it would only be fair to look at the situation on the other side of the border as well. The question that ought to be asked is who stands to gain the most from having the border issue escalate and internationalized. On our part, Thailand has always sought to contain the situation and address it with Cambodia through dialogue and negotiations, as other countries have done in resolving such issues.
29 April 2011

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KI Media Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand 29 April …

30 April, 2011


April 29, 2011, 9:28 pm

1. Thailand takes note of the submission of a request by Cambodia to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on 28 April 2011 and will take appropriate steps in accordance with its rights under international law.

2. Thailand is not surprised by this latest move by Cambodia in light of the latter’s pattern of behaviors and clear motives in the past few months, especially since 22 April 2011.

3. Thailand regrets that Cambodia decided to completely disregard progress being made in various tracks as follows:

3.1 Just hours before the Cambodian submission at The Hague, Thai and Cambodian regional military commanders reached a preliminary common understanding to instruct respective troops to refrain from further hostilities at a border area of Surin Province, Thailand, and that boundary negotiations should best be left to negotiators from both countries.

3.2 Also just hours before the Cambodian submission at The Hague, conversations between Thai and Indonesian Foreign Ministers, and between Indonesian and Cambodian Foreign Ministers respectively, had yielded satisfactory progress in terms of diplomacy to ensure continued peace and stability in the area near the Temple of Phra Viharn, which is over 140 kilometres away from where the incidents in Surin Province took place.

3.3 Thai and Cambodian Foreign Ministers already spoke with each other and agreed to meet soonest to resolve outstanding issues to the bilateral relations. Thai and Cambodian Prime Ministers are also scheduled to attend the ASEAN Summit meeting in Jakarta in the next few days.

3.4 On 7-8 April 2011, the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission
(JBC), which is a joint mechanism established by the two countries to deal with land boundary matters, was convened in Bogor, Indonesia. The meeting discussed a range of issues, for example, preparations for production of orthophoto maps of the boundary between Thailand and Cambodia. Both sides agreed to meet again soon. The convening of the said meeting was a demonstration of willingness of Thailand and Cambodia to move this process forward, despite the fact that at that time Thailand had not yet completed its internal legal procedures for the Agreed Minutes of the previous three JBC meetings. Now that Thailand has completed its internal legal procedures on this matter, there is no reason why both countries cannot continue this bilateral process in good faith if there is a will to do so. It is important to recall that, during the Bogor meeting, the Cambodian side expressed its desire to see the completion of these internal legal procedures in Thailand as early as possible in order to proceed with relevant works of the JBC.

3.5 It is important to recall that the Seventh Meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Relations between Cambodia and Thailand in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 3-4 February 2011, concluded with the following paragraph in its Record of Discussion:

“44. The Cambodian side expressed understanding of the internal process of consideration of the three Agreed Minutes of the Joint Commission on Land Boundary (JBC) of the Thai side and hoped for its earliest completion so that both sides can proceed expeditiously with all relevant works of the JBC, including, in priority, the survey and demarcation works in Sector 6, as well as the process of orthophoto maps, the fact finding mission and location of boundary pillars in the other remaining sectors.”

4. In light of the above facts, it is clear that Cambodia will stop at nothing to achieve its specific political expediencies even though it would mean creating a conflict, disregarding the bilateral commitments already made and bypassing the ongoing efforts by the ASEAN family just days ahead of the ASEAN Summit. It is therefore sad that many lives have been lost and livelihoods of peoples on both sides of the border have been adversely affected as a result of this calculated strategy by Cambodia.

29 April 2011

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KI Media Thai ‘Red Power’ editor Somyos arrested [-Why would he raise fun…

30 April, 2011

May 1, 2011
By Pravit Rojanaphruk
The Nation on Sunday

Red Power magazine editor Somyos Prueksakasemsuk was arrested yesterday afternoon for alleged lese majeste, after trying to leave the Kingdom on a fund-raising tour to Cambodia.

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) arrested Somyos after being notified by border officers at Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaew province that Somyos was leading some 30 or so red shirts on a fund-raising tour for the magazine to Angkor Wat.

Somyos was charged last week with alleged lese majeste over an article in the February and March issue of the now-banned Voice of Thaksin magazine, which he published in February. He denied the charge and insisted yesterday that he was innocent.

“We’re fighting for the right to be human,” he said on the phone shortly after 5pm yesterday, while inside a DSI vehicle on the way from Sa Kaew back to Bangkok.

It was unclear at press time if Somyos would be granted bail or not, but a DSI officer told a local media outlet they were determined to detain him until Monday, when a court would decide whether he should be given bail or not.

Speaking on his mobile phone, Somyos said he was surprised by the incident. He said the timing of his arrest, coupled with other developments, such as the crackdown on many red-shirt community radio stations, a new wave of internet censorship, plus “harassment” of a red-shirt historian and lese majeste charges against 18 red-shirt leaders had all taken place at a “suspicious” time – just before the election.

“I think they’re all related to the current [political] situation,” said Somyos, who was detained for a month without charge last year under the emergency decree.

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KI Media 10 Thai troops injured in Surin after ‘light weapons’ clashes on b…

30 April, 2011

May 1, 2011
The Nation on Sunday

Flare-up triggered by delay in informing units of ceasefire

Ten more Thai soldiers were injured in the Thai-Cambodian border clashes in Surin’s Phanom Dongrak district on Friday night until yesterday morning, bringing the cumulative Thai casualties to seven deaths and 95 injuries in the nine days of clashes.

Among the four injured soldiers from Friday night’s clash, First-Lieutenant Kosit Songsaengkajorn suffered severe shrapnel wounds to his neck and back and was transferred to Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok, while others were airlifted to the Surin Centre Hospital and Weerawat Yothin Army Camp Hospital the same night. Six other soldiers were injured on Saturday morning.

The border clash reoccurred despite the fact that a ceasefire was agreed by Thai and Cambodian field commanders.

Second Army spokesman Prawit Hookaew said that the Cambodian side explained that it was because “some units weren’t yet informed [of the ceasefire]” and “there were some rogue soldiers”.

He also declared a hint of a silver lining in that the reoccurring clashes so far utilised light weapons only.

This showed that field officers could still talk to each other and limit the fighting.

Since Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen declared that he wouldn’t negotiate at all levels and would only table the issue at the Asean level – and announced that Cambodia was ready to go to war against Thailand – the Thai Army has remained cautious and was following the situation closely, he said.

Prawit also revealed that Cambodia had sent more backups to the clash area and reportedly recruited more fighters, especially former Khmer Rouge soldiers and their children.

“We haven’t yet sent more back-up soldiers, [but] it wouldn’t take a long time to send back-ups because most of the manpower are already in the Second Army area. We’re using force only to defence our territory,” he said adding that 36 out of the injured 95 soldiers already asked to be reinstated in the field.

Thai Army spokesman Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd commented that the Cambodian side admitted that there might be some stress in the areas that the ceasefire order haven’t reached yet – hence the fighting wasn’t completely halted.

But gunfire erupted lightly on and off and Thai troops just counter-fired. He said they would try to get the ceasefire in place first before negotiations at other levels could take place.

Meanwhile, the Second Army Area bomb squad had cleared some 70 per cent of the grenades fired from Cambodia to Thai villages.

As several schools in Surin were currently functioning as shelters to villagers, the Education Ministry inspector Supakorn Wongprat said he would initially arrange a Bt500,000 budget allocation to help these schools with water, electricity and other expenses. He said he would also have non-formal education teachers teach students at the shelters so the students could later catch up with their lessons, as the school term will open in mid-May.

In Buri Ram, some male evacuees yesterday returned to their homes near the clash site in hopes that the border fighting would stop soon, bringing the number of evacuees in nine shelters of Ban Kruat and Prakhon Chai districts down from 9,000 to some 4,000.

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KI Media Legal Farce at ECCC Toward Dismissing Case 003 – The OCIJ’s Press …

30 April, 2011