Monday, November 23, 2009

Thais banned from Cambodian waters

Bangkok Post

The Cambodian government has banned Thai fishermen from its territorial waters, opposition Puea Thai Party chairman Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said on Monday.

Former prime minister Chavalit expressed concern over the Thai-Cambodian maritime dispute after more than 1,000 Thai trawlers could not enter Cambodia's territorial waters.

He called on the Thai government to end this problem quickly, as it has caused trouble for many fishermen.

"I don't know whether the problem has come about because of the Thai-Cambodian rift, and I don't want to make any predictions." Gen Chavalit said. "Former prime minister [Thaksin Shinawatra] and I are not the cause of the Thai-Cambodian row."

On the government's plan to help the detained Thai engineer in Cambodia, Gen Chavalit said he wanted to support the government and believed the government could resolve the situation.

"If the government fails to resolve it, I am ready to give a hand since I've made a promise with the engineer's mother that I will help him and ensure his safety."

On Nov 11, the Cambodian government arrested Cambodia Air Traffic Services (CATS) employee Siwarak Chutipong for allegedly stealing the flight information of Thaksin.

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