Cambodia Rejects Thailand’s Request to Extradite Thaksin

arrive11_11_2The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has sent a diplomatic note to the Royal Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh, rejecting Thailand’s request for the provisional arrest for the purpose of extradition of former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

20090620215305896[1]The following is the full diplomatic note dated today:

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia presents its compliments to the Royal Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh and, with reference to the latter’s Note No 08001/925 dated 10 November 2009 requesting the provisional arrest for the purpose of extradition of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has the honour to communicate to the latter as follows:

–         H.E. Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra has been appointed through a Royal Decree as Economic Advisor of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

–         With reference to the provision of Article 3 of the Treaty between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Kingdom of Thailand on Extradition, the royal Government of Cambodia considers the prosecution and legal process against H.E. Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra as a politically motivated proceeding.

–         The condemnation of H.E. Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra is logically the consequence of the military Coup d’Etat in September 2006 which resulted in his removal from the post of Prime Minister, while he was OVERWHELMINGLY and DEMOCRATICALLY elected by the Thai people.

–         Therefore, taking into consideration of the above ABSOLUTE REALITIES, the Royal Government of Cambodia is not in a position to make the provisional arrest for the purpose of extradition of H.E. Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra as requested.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Royal Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh the assurances of its highest consideration.”

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