The Foreign Affairs Minister will clarify the status of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to foreign ambassadors on Wednesday in a bid to have him extradited back to Thailand.
Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya revealed at the 63th anniversary celebration of the Democrat Party that The Foreign Minister will invite foreign ambassadors to Thailand to attend a meeting to clarify Thaksin’s status, which is convict on the run, for them.
Kasit said he will use this opportunity to urge the ambassadors’ cooperation in extraditing Thaksin as well. He said should any countries provide shelter for Thaksin, it would definitely damage the relationship that Thailand has with them .
For countries that Thailand has no bilateral agreements for extradition with, he will make sure efforts to initiate such agreements will be made. Kasit reported that so far, the United Arab Emirates, Nigaragua and Cambodia have been contacted by Thai embassies for cooperation in extraditing Thaksin back to Thailand.
In response to speculations as to whether Thaksin’s passport will be cancelled or not, he said he has his own opinions but will need to consult with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and the Cabinet before he proceeds in this matter.
Thailand not happy some countries allow Thaksin to stay
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said Monday he felt “uncomfortable” that some countries have allowed fugitive ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra to use them as springboard in attacking Thailand.
Referring to news reports that Thaksin is now taking shelter in Cambodia, Kasit said his ministry was checking the accuracy of the reports.
“If the report is confirmed], it meant Cambodia loved Thaksin very much. Therefore, the case would surely affect the bilateral relationship,” Kasit said.
Kasit has invited Bangkok-based envoys to a briefing on Wednesday concerning Thai legal procedures concerning extradition and arrests of fugitives.
Thai envoys based in countries which do not have an extradition treaty with Thailand — such as Dubai, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — have explained to those governments how Thaksin has created a political crisis in this country, he said.
A number of countries had already complied with the Thai government’s request and did not allow Thaksin, who was convicted of corruption and abuse of power and sentenced to two years in jail, to shelter in their countries.
Thaksin has criticised privy councillors particularly its president Gen Prem Tinsulanond in his daily phone-ins. The location was unknown.
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya says he is uneasy that certain governments have allowed Thaksin Shinawatra to use their countries to attack Thailand.
Mr Kasit did not name them, but said yesterday Thai envoys in countries which do not have extradition treaties with Thailand had informed their host governments of the former prime minister’s status and of how he had stirred up a political crisis at home.