People's Alliance For Democracy
People's Alliances For Democracy Press Release 1/2011
( Last edit 2011-01-10 )
Following the capturing of seven Thai citizens by Cambodian soldiers on December 29, 2010 and indictment in the Cambodian court, People's Alliances For Democracy have convened and passed a resolution as follows.
1. PAD expresses condolence to the seven Thais and their relatives. They went to investigate the border pillars number 46 and 47 to prove the invasion of Cambodia and Cambodians' occupation of Thailand's territory. They were unduly captured by Cambodian soldiers. It demonstrated that Cambodia has seriously violated Thai's sovereignty.
2. Numerous evidences prove that the site where the Cambodian soldiers captured seven Thai citizens is within Thai soil. The official land deeds for cultivation So Ko1 and No So 3, the Thai map number L 7017 and L 7018 and the Cambodian map number L 7016 clearly confirm that the capture site is within Thai territory before the pillars number 46 and 47. Aerial photographs show that the capture site corresponds to the previously located Cambodian refugees camp borrowed by UNHCR from Thailand. The maps of Nong Jan refugee camp and the vicinity show that the seven Thais did not reach that point. From these evidences, the Thai government must by all means regard all seven of them as they were in Thailand when they were captured.
3. From above evidences, PAD condemns the falsified allegations to the public against the seven captured Thais which irresponsibly defamed them as trespassers into Cambodian territory. The people who made the falsified allegations were Mr.Suthep Tuaksuban, the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr.Kasit Pirom, the Foreign Minister, Gen.Pravit Wongsuwan, the Defense Minister, Mr.Chavanond Intrakomalsut, the Secretary of the Foreign Minister, Mr.Torpong Chaiyasan, the President of the Border Committee of the House of Representatives, Mrs.Wasana Honboonherm, the Director of Territory Section, Department of Treaties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr.Sanit Naksuksri, the provincial governor of Srakaew province.
4. We condemn the Thai government and the PM Abhisit who ignore to enforce their power upon Cambodia to release the seven Thais, just like what other nations would do to protect their citizens. PM Abhisit Vejjajiva had declared to Cambodia on December 30, 2010 that the seven Thais must not be indicted in the Cambodian court but have not applied any following effective pressure. Instead, he solemnly accepts the Cambodian court to rule and thus expresses the acceptance of their authourity over the Thai territory.
5. We condemn Hunsen, the PM of Cambodia, the Cambodian army and their government of the kidnapping of Thai citizens from within Thai soil and the indictment against Thai citizens in the Cambodian court. It is a violation of Thai sovereignty and unashamely ungrateful act to the Thai Kingdom's humanitarian help for desperate Cambodian's civil war refugees.
6. Since the seven Thais did not trespass into Cambodian territory, and were within Thailand, we call for the government and the PM of the Kingdom of Thailand to defend the dignity of the country. The government must not accept the verdict of the Cambodian court as the capture of Thai citizens is against the international law and violation of Thai sovereignty. It is a humiliation of the national dignity and an overturn of Thai-Cambodian's agreements.
7. Since the seven Thais did not trespass into Cambodian territory, and were within Thailand, we call for the government of the Kingdom of Thailand to fire an official ultimatum and effectively pressurize against Cambodia for an unconditional release of the seven Thais.
People's Alliances For Democracy
January 9, 2011
Pra Arthit House