Thaksin resigns as Phnom Penh`s economic advisor
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 16:27
Bangkok: In what seems to be a step forward in restoring the normal relationship between Thailand and Cambodia, fugitive former Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resigned as Phnom Penh's economic advisor.

Confirming the reports, acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said the Thai government has been informed about the latest development and Thaksin's resignation.

In an immediate response, Bangkok will reinstate its ambassador to Phnom Penh Prasas Prasasvinitchai today, according to Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya.

Cambodia too was expected to send back its ambassador to Bangkok soon, said Kasit.

News report from Phnom Penh cited "personal difficulties in fulfilling his role completely" as the reason for Thaksin's resignation.

On Nov 5 last year, Bangkok recalled its ambassador to Cambodia to protest the appointment of Thaksin as economic advisor to the Cambodian government by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Later Phnom Penh too asked its ambassador to Bangkok to return home.

Thaksin, who was ousted in a military coup in September 2006, fled Thailand in 2008 just before a court sentenced him to two years in jail for abuse of power in the Ratchadepisek land case.

The Thai-Cambodia relationship was also strained when Phnom Penh refused to extradite Thaksin to Thailand and the move was seen by Bangkok as interference in internal affairs of Thailand and a denial of the Thai judicial process.


First Published: Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 16:27

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