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Government jumpstarts damage control

Government jumpstarts damage control

The Royal Cambodian Government (RGC) has moved quickly to try and repair the damage

to Cambodian-Thai relations.

In an official Aide-Memoire from the RGC to the Thai Government dated January 30,

a copy of which was made available to the Post, the government qualified its response

to the events, stating that it "has not been negligent about the above regrettable

event or incident ... has taken necessary steps to prevent in a timely manner any

actions that might have endangered or resulted in losses to Thai officials, diplomats,

business people and nationals living in the Kingdom ... as witnessed by injured policemen

and military officers in action".

The Post can confirm that several police were injured outside the Thai embassy, most

hit with rocks.

The Aide-Memoire went on to note three steps taken by the RGC. It would "establish

an ad hoc commission to work with the Thai counterparts with a view to providing

compensation, as a matter of urgency and without conditions, for the losses and damages

to the building and property of the Thai embassy," "...has taken urgent

measures to protect property of all Thai companies and nationals who had left Cambodia

and keep it for their owners," and would "...establish an Inter-Ministerial

Committee to review and assess the damage caused to the Thai companies and nationals,

who had suffered from this regrettable incident".

Government officials were not available at press time to elaborate on these measures.

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