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Former Thai PM Thaksin arrives in Cambodia

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 18:45

Phnom Penh: Fugitive former Thai premier
Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in Cambodia on Wednesday for his third
trip as a controversial economic adviser to the country, said
a government spokesman.

Thaksin, whose visits have stoked a diplomatic row
between the Thai and Cambodian governments, landed in a
private jet at Phnom Penh International Airport, spokesman
Khieu Kanharith told agency.
"He has arrived. He just landed," Khieu Kanharith said.
"I don`t know about his itinerary yet."

Thailand and Cambodia recalled their ambassadors in
November and expelled senior diplomats over Cambodian premier
Hun Sen`s appointment of Thaksin, who is living abroad to
avoid a jail term for corruption in his home country.

Tensions between the neighbouring countries soared
further when Phnom Penh then refused to extradite Thaksin
during his first visit to Cambodia in his new role.

During his previous stays in Cambodia, Thaksin has
addressed top government officials on how to boost investment,
tourism and agriculture.
He also met scores of his "Red Shirt" supporters from
Thailand, where he remains a hugely influential figure.

Before Thaksin`s appointment as an adviser, relations
between Thailand and Cambodia were already tense due to a
string of deadly gunbattles at their disputed border, where
troops have faced off since July 2008.


First Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 18:45

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