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Cambodia will not allow use of its soil as base for political movements

 BANGKOK, June 7 -- Slightly more than two weeks after the military seized power in Thailand, Eat Sophea, Cambodia’s ambassador to Thailand, on Saturday reiterated that Cambodia would not allow politicians or activists to use its soil as a base for political movements against Thailand, according to Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman.
Sek Wannamethee, director-general of Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Information Department said Ms Sophea told Damrong Kraikruan, director general of the Ministry’s East Asia Affairs Department, during a meeting that Cambodia had no policy allowing anyone to use the country as a springboard for political movements which could be considered as interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
Her affirmation was made following reports that fugitive ex-minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Jakrapob Penkair had attempted to set up a movement in a neighbouring country to lead an anti-coup campaign outside Thailand after the Thai military staged the bloodless coup on May 22.
Mr Sek said the Thai Foreign Affairs Ministry has assigned Norachit Sinhaseni, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations, to explain to Human Rights Watch in New York the necessity for the military to stage the coup after the agency issued a negative statement against the coup in Thailand.
Meanwhile, Sihasak Phuangketkeow, permanent secretary for Foreign Affairs, is scheduled to attend a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva next week and plans to explain to delegates attending the session about why the military had to seize administrative power, said Mr Sek.
Also, the ministry has invited Thai ambassadors and consulates based in 22 cities in Europe and the US for discussions next Wednesday on how they should explain to the world community to better understand the situation in the kingdom.
The envoys are also scheduled to meet army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is also head of the National Council  for Peace and Order (NCPO).

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