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06PHNOMPENH1891 THAI PM SURAYUD PROMISES CONTINUITY TO CAMBODIA

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SUBJECT: THAI PM SURAYUD PROMISES CONTINUITY TO CAMBODIA

1. (SBU) Thai interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont\’s

one-day visit to Phnom Penh October 15 was intended to

reassure the Cambodian government of Thailand\’s stability and

that the Thai government (RTG) would continue to strengthen

ties between the two countries despite the change in

government following the September 19 coup, according to the

Thai Embassy. Thai Embassy Poloff Songchai Chaipatiyut told

Pol/EconOff October 17 that the theme of Surayud\’s visit was

continuity. Songchai said General Surayud briefed Cambodian

leaders, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, on the current

political situation in Thailand and promised to continue

joint Thai-Cambodian projects.

2. (SBU) Specifically, Surayud committed to continuation of

Thai projects to repair the road from Siem Reap through An

Long Veng to the Thai border at Chong Sangam in Sisaket and

four bridges along the road from Koh Kong in southwestern

Cambodia to Trat. He proposed increased cooperation in

combating the spread of avian influenza in the region.

Songchai said that Surayud agreed to continue talks on

revenue sharing of petroleum in the Overlapping Claims Area

in the Gulf of Thailand. However, Surayud has moved

responsibility for the issue back to the Thai MFA from the

Ministry of Energy. The Cambodians, he said, asked Surayud

to open two additional border checkpoints, one near Preah

Vihear in northern Cambodia and a new checkpoint near the

overcrowded border crossing at Poipet/Aranyaprathet. Surayud

reportedly responded that the RTG would have to follow

internal procedures for evaluating the RGC proposals before

making a decision.

3. (U) Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister

Pridiyathorn Devakula and Foreign Minister Nitya

Pibulsonggram, Surayud paid courtesy calls on National

Assembly President Heng Samrin and Senate President Chea Sim.

4. (SBU) Songchai commented that there appeared to be a

great difference in style between Surayud and former Prime

Minister Thaksin. When Thaksin traveled, he always brought

along a large entourage, including many Cabinet Ministers.

Surayud had a small party and only two Ministers. More

importantly, Thaksin\’s visits generally mixed official and

private business (IT and satellite) concerns. Even former

Foreign Minister Surakiart, who was a former member of PTT\’s

board of directors, included business interests in his

visits. In contrast, Surayud ties were not with business,

but with the military, including the former resistance

forces, when as a Special Operations officer he worked with

the Cambodian resistance against the Vietnamese occupation.

Songchai noted that Surayud\’s first congratulatory message

from Cambodians on his appointment was from FUNCINPEC

President Ranariddh, followed by former FUNCINPEC resistance

General Nhek Bunchhay, although the government was quick to

offer its congratulations, as well. Lastly, Songchai noted

that Surayud knew sufficient Khmer that he generally

understood Hun Sen\’s remarks, though Surayud responded in

Thai.

MUSSOMELI

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July 16, 2011 at 6:06 am

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