Thaksin lands in Cambodia - Straits Times, January 20, 2010
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - 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 AFP. '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.
Thaksin warns of 'country in flames' - Bangkok Post, January 20, 2010
Thaksin warns of 'country in flames'
* Published: 20/01/2010 at 01:10 PM
Fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night again accused the Abhisit administration of a double standard on law enforcement.
“An activist who fought for landless farmers in the South, Somporn Pattanaphum, was shot dead but the government has done nothing to resolve problems of poor farmers.
“Instead, the Democrat-led administration has provided protection for the person who encroached on a forest reserve. If such double standards continue, the country will be in flames (บ้านเมืองจะลุกเป็นไฟ-ban mueang ja luk pen fai),” Thaksin said in his “Talk around the World” program on his website.
Thaksin said he was sentenced to two years in jail just because he had signed to allow his former wife to lawfully buy a plot of land in Bangkok, but another person could occupy a block of land in a forest reserve with protection from the state.
Surayud ordered to give up contested plot of land - The Nation, January 21, 2010
Security beefed up for Anupong - Bangkok Post, January 21, 2010
An army source said yesterday a battery of 150 soldiers and a team of bomb disposal experts had been reinforced at the army head office on Ratchadamnoen Avenue. Security accompanying Gen Anupong on motorcades had also been increased.
The security detail for Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon had also been stepped up, the source said.
The heightened protection for the army commander, minister and army compound came after an M79 grenade was fired on the night of Jan 14 into the sixth floor of the building which houses Gen Anupong's office.