FUGITIVE former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has dropped plans to visit the Kingdom this month, his legal adviser reportedly said Friday.
“Previously, Thaksin had planned to visit Cambodia from January 15 to 17, but he has scrapped the plan. He will visit another country in Asia instead,” said Noppadon Pattama, according to the Bangkok Post.
“It is not necessary for Thaksin to stay near Thailand. The world now has no frontiers, and the former prime minister can push his political cause from anywhere, if he wants to,” Noppadon reportedly added.
Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said last week that Thaksin was planning to come to Cambodia for the third time in his capacity as an economic adviser. Thaksin’s visits have stoked tensions between Thailand and Cambodia in recent months, with the countries withdrawing their respective ambassadors over the matter.
Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said he was unsure why Thaksin’s stated plans had changed. Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not be reached for comment on Sunday.