Phnom Penh (FN), Nov. 6 – Thailand will not allow entry to former leader of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party Sam Rainsy, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
At a news conference in the Thai capital, Prayuth referred to Thailand’s ties with Cambodia as a fellow member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping.
“According to our commitment to ASEAN, we will not interfere in each other’s internal affairs, and we will not allow an anti-government person to use Thailand for activism,” Prayuth said.
On 5 November 2019, Lt. Gen. Thammanoon Withee, commanding general of 1st Army Area Operations Centre announced that the Thai forces will prevent the returns of former opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and accomplices, speaking in a meeting with Gen. Ek Som Aun, Cambodian commander of Military Region 5, held at Poipet International Border.
Gen. Thammanoon added that Thailand bans any illegal gatherings in the capital or at Khmer-Thai borders.
Former CNRP's vice president Mu Sochua was recently banned from entering Thailand when she flew into Bangkok's main international airport.
Sam Rainsy wrote on his Facebook on 6 November that he will depart from Paris on Thursday November 7 to arrive in Bangkok on Friday November 8 to be ready to enter Cambodia on Saturday November 9, which is Cambodia's Independence Day.