Thai-Cambodian relations remain normal despite yesterday’s military clashes

October 16th, 2008 - 1:17 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Governor of Sa Kaeo province Sanit Naksuksri (สานิตย์ นาคสุขศรี) revealed this morning following clashes between Thai and Cambodian soldiers yesterday that relations between the two nations’ citizens remain good.

The governor continued to say however that commerce at the Rong Klua (โรงเกลือ) market has been affected. The province has not closed off entry to Cambodia but has warned citizens to monitor and not cross into the neighboring country if not necessary at this time.

Minister of Labor Uraiwan Thienthong (อุไรวรรณ เทียนทอง) revealed that there have not yet been any reports of Thai laborers requesting transport back from Cambodia as many of them are employees of private companies. She stated that the companies may deal with the matter through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while assuring that no order has been issued obligating laborers to return as Thailand and Cambodia are still on good terms.

The Area 1 Army Commander is scheduled to meet with his Cambodian counterparts later today. Air Force Commander-in-Chief, ACM Ithiporn Supawong (อิทธพร ศุภวงศ์) stated that his troops are ready to assist in the situation if requested by the Defense Ministry.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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