Nov 15, 2009
(Posted by CAAI News Media)
The ongoing diplomatic spat between Thailand and its neighbour Cambodia will not affect cooperation among members of Asean, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reiterated on Saturday.
The row must be solved by the two countries, he emphasised, Thai News Agency reported.
Mr Abhisit, who is attending the Apec meetings in Singapore, told journalists yesterday that Asean Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan advised Thailand and Cambodia to resolve their tensions before the Asean leaders meet United States President Barack Obama today at the inaugural Asean-US summit.
He affirmed that Thailand, currently chairman and a member of Asean, will not raise the issue at the meeting.
Diplomatic ties between Cambodia and Thailand have worsened after the two neighbours recalled their ambassadors and expelled top diplomats over Phnom Penh's naming of ousted former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as economic adviser.
Last week, Cambodia arrested a Thai man for allegedly spying on Thaksin, who was on a visit to the country, but Thailand has said that the accusation was groundless. -- BERNAMA