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Cambodia denies hunt for Red Shirts

GOVERNMENT officials have denied Thai media reports that Prime Minister Hun Sen talked to Thai counterpart Abhisit Vejjajiva about deporting Red Shirt protesters that might be hiding in Cambodia.

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Hun Sen and Abhisit met for face-to-face talks on the sidelines of the 2nd ASEAN-United States Leaders’ Meeting in New York on Friday, where they pledged to reduce tension at the countries’ border and rehabilitate their diplomatic relationship.

The Bangkok Post on Sunday quoted Abhisit as saying that Hun Sen had promised to send back any Red Shirts who might be found living in exile in Cambodia.

But Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said the topic of Red Shirt protesters was not raised between the two leaders during their brief talks.

“The Government’s stance is that if there are terrorists in Cambodia then we will send them back to their country without any request.”

He added: “We don’t care whether they are Red Shirts or Yellow Shirts or whoever. We will cooperate with the international fight against terrorism.”
Prak Sokhon, secretary of state at the Council of Ministers, who accompanied Hun Sen to New York, said he was unaware of any conversation regarding Red Shirts.
“I have not received any information from Prime Minister Hun Sen,” he said.
Cambodian authorities arrested fugitive Red Shirts Kobchai Boonplod, 41, and his wife Varissareeya Boonsom, 42, in Siem Reap on July 3. The pair was handed over to Thai officials in Phnom Penh two days later.

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