Thai PM holds urgent meeting over arrest of 7 Thais by Cambodia
BANGKOK, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Thursday called an urgent meeting of security agencies over the arrest of a Democrat MP and six other Thais by Cambodia authorities on charge of trespassing on Cambodian territory.
The meeting, held at the Government House at 9 a.m., was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, Supreme Commander Gen Kitti Jakkrabatra, Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha and National Security Council Secretar-General Thawil Pliensri as well as Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, The Nation online reported.
Deputy Prime Minister for security affairs Suthep said on Thursday morning that the meeting would discuss ways to help Democrat MP for Bangkok Panich Vikitsreth and the other six Thais, who were visiting a disputed bordering area near Ban Nong Jarn in Sa Kaeo province’s Khok Sung district on Wednesday when they were detained by Cambodian soldiers.
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya on Thursday morning went to Government House to discuss the matter with the prime minister and Suthep.
The seven detainees would be tried and held in prison in Phnom Penh Thursday, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reportedly said. Enditem