Thai army chief says military measures are not appropriate for solving Preah Vihear problems

July 10th, 2008 - 11:40 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, Gen. Anupong Paochinda, said the Thai army would not use military measures to deal with the problems of the Cambodian people living near Preah Vihear Temple in Si Sa Ket province without the government’s order.

Gen. Anupong said all the governments in the past did not want the army to resort to forceful measures in order to work out certain problems. He viewed that nobody would support military actions even if the problems relating to the Temple of Preah Vihear has been prolonging for an extensive period of time.

The army chief said people can voice their opinions on the Preah Vihear case, but they must be reasonable and constructive, without causing conflicts between the two contries. He said it is a good thing for people to express their patriotism.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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