Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that the Government was reviewing various projects carried out jointly between Thailand and Cambodia. He said that the projects would be submitted to the Cabinet for consideration on November 17.
Among them is a soft loan of 1.4 billion baht for a road construction project, linking Thailand with Cambodia. Another project involves a request for 31 million baht by Cambodia, also for road construction.
The Prime Minister made the statement after the two countries adopted diplomatic measures concerning former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
On 10 November 2009, the Cabinet approved in principle the termination of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Thailand and Cambodia regarding the Area of their Overlapping Maritime Claims to the Continental Shelf dated 18 June 2001. The Cabinet further resolved to submit the draft negotiation framework for the termination of the MOU to Parliament for approval. Upon receiving the Parliament’s approval, a notification of the termination will be sent to the Cambodian side through diplomatic channels.
Prime Minister Abhisit stated that Thailand did not initiate the recent problems in Thai-Cambodian relations. Rather, it was the action of the Cambodian side that has strongly affected the feelings of the Thai people. As a result, the Thai government had to express Thailand’s displeasure and protect the honor and dignity of the nation and that of the Thai judicial system, as well as to safeguard the national interest of Thailand and of the Thai people. The Prime Minister also made clear that all measures taken would be at the government-to-government level, and that the Thai government would avoid taking any action that would create hardship for the peoples of the two countries.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban stressed the Government’s policy of promoting friendly relations with neighboring countries, saying that the peoples of the two countries living along the Thai-Cambodian border were carrying on their businesses, as usual. Moreover, security forces along the border would ensure that there would be no clashes between Thai and Cambodian soldiers.