More on alleged Cambodian terrorist training

12 10 2010

MCOT reports that “Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will query his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen on reports of arms training for hard-core anti-government Red Shirt activists on Cambodian soil when both leaders meet at a regional summit later this month…”. This report refers to the claims that have been made by Privy Council associated sources and the Department of Special Investigation after 11 alleged red shirt “terrorists-in-training” were placed under protective custody a few days ago.

Tawin Pleansri, the Secretary-General  of Thailand’s National Security Council (NSC) is said to have “confirmed” the DSI report, although the news reports actually have him repeating the allegations “that Thai security-related agencies are watching the Red Shirt movement for signs of further weapons training.” PPT would have thought that they have been doing this for some years now. Tawin did add that the DSI report “must be further verified before taking any legal action.”

Cambodia dismissed the allegations and accused the Thai authorities of having fabricated the report. AP says that Cambodian authorities strongly denied the allegations by the Abhisit Vejjajiva government, citing government spokesman Khieu Kanharith who asked: “Why would we need to do this? Cambodia would receive absolutely no benefit from training these people…. Cambodia strongly rejects these allegations.”

Meanwhile, the Phnom Penh Post has an account of the MCOT stories, and reports a Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs deputy spokesman Thani Thongphakdi as saying “that his ministry had yet to receive any request from the DSI.” He is reported to have added: “We heard of the press report that came out, but we’ll have to check and follow up this with the DSI…. We’re not quite sure how the news report was reported, whether it was accurate or not, so we’ll check with the source of the information.” The report also cites Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong as saying that the accusations are “completely untrue,” adding that Cambodia “was in no position to provide material or financial support to the Red Shirt movement.”

The Nation presents a slightly different picture, with the always acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn having the rosiest view of relations between the two countires, saying “Cambodia has promised to look into reports that redshirt militants were trained there to assassinate key public figures…”. He claims Abhisit met Hun Sen to discuss the issue “on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Summit in Brussels last week.” He said, “Cambodia has promised to check into the reports.”



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