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Damage control: four commissions set up

Damage control: four commissions set up

The government has formed four commissions to deal with the aftermath of the riots.

The first will manage the compensation and renovation of the Thai embassy, and is

headed by former ambassador to Paris, Prak Sakhun. It convened several times this

week to evaluate damage claims and map out a strategy for compensation.

The second commission will investigate the events of January 29 and is headed by

the MoI's General You Sun Long. The third will deal with normalizing ties between

the two countries and is headed by senior minister Sok An.

Prum Sokha, secretary of state at the Ministry of Interior, heads the fourth commission

that is investigating the damage to Thai businesses. After a fence-mending trip to

Thailand on February 10, Sokha said the commission was ready to "compensate

through negotiation".

"We try our best," said Sokha. "We want to see Thai businesses come

to resume their businesses as soon as possible."

Sokha's commission sent out five teams to assess damage to telecoms, tourism, and

media businesses, as well as collateral damage to Cambodian-owned property.

It sent a letter to the Thai chargé d'affaires on February 11 asking him to

distribute damage claim forms to Thai businesses. Sokha said damage estimates would

not be available until all claim forms were processed and investigated.

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