Thaksin resigns as Phnom Penh`s economic advisor

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.

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2010, 16:27 PM IST

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.

PTI