Monday, March 8, 2010

Cambodia now finds fault with Asean Sec-Gen Surin

The Cambodian government has now taken on Asean Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan.

Phnom Phen Post says that Surin was quoted by Malaysia's Bernama news agency as expressing concern that military exercises held last week in Kampong Chhnang might have been designed to provoke Thailand.

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong subsequently sent a letter to Surin dated Sunday saying: "I strongly believe that in your capacity as secretary general of ASEAN, you should not make any wrong statement which may bring about a bad image to an ASEAN member country. Moreover, you should not make any statement which can be considred as an interference in the internal affairs of Cambodia."

Bernama had quoted Surin as saying: "We're very concerned with such development," referring to Cambodia's firing of about 200 rockets near the Thai border last week.

Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva did not raise an issue over the incident.

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