DPM Somchai concerned over Thai-Cambodian border dispute

July 22nd, 2008 - 3:03 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Sahat Banditkul

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Somchai Wongsawat (สมชาย วงศ์สวัสดิ์) says he is concerned over problems at the Thai-Cambodia border as territory is a sensitive issue.

Mr Somchai reports that Deputy Prime Minister Sahat Banditkul (สหัส บัณฑิตกุล) is the head of Thai representatives assigned by the government to attend the ASEAN Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore. The group is expected to report the meeting’s results to the premier during the Cabinet meeting today (July, 22nd).

Mr Somchai says further that the premier has formed a team to negotiate with Cambodia and the border conflict may prompt the government to reshuffle the Cabinet. However, he says the Cabinet reshuffle depends on the premier.

The deputy premier says the People Power party’s meeting which has been postponed will not discuss ministerial quotas. As for the government’s decision to replace the government’s spokesman team with PTV founders, Mr Somchai says the government has the right to explain issues and will play fair to all sides.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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