The United Arab Emirates (UAE) voiced concerns Tuesday that fugitive PM Thaksin Shinawatra used Dubai as base to speak to his supporters before they submitted a petition to seek royal pardon for him on Monday, said Foreign Ministry’s vide minister Panich Vikitsreth.
His video link clearly showed that he spoke from Dubai of UAE despite the fact that Thaksin was earlier warned that he should not use the country as a political base to criticise Thailand and the government, Panich said.
“Earlier UAE government had talked to Khun Thaksin and warned him about the matter. UAE also sent a document concerning the meeting with Thaksin to the Thai government,” he said.
Therefore, what is important now is that the UAE government has to take action on the matter so that it would not affect on the mutual relationship.
“We already contacted UAE government on Monday and it promised us that such incident would not happen again. We will wait and see,” he said.
Some countries that Thaksin had visited and used them as political base to attack Thailand have expressed concerns and worries to the Thai government. They claimed that they had requested Thaksin not to do so but failed.
UAE concerned over Thaksin’s phone-in, despite agreement
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) expressed concern Tuesday that ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Monday telephoned his address from Dubai to his supporters in the Thai capital before they submitted the petition to seek a royal pardon for him, according to Panich Vikitsreth, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Mr Panich disclosed that Thailand used diplomatic channels to express concern regarding Mr Thaksin’s move to the UAE and the country had pledged that it would not allow the ex-premier to use its territory as a base to conduct anti-government political activity.
The UAE had earlier asked him not to make any political movement and it sent documentary evidence of that to the Thai government, Mr Panich said.
“Mr Thaksin’s move is breaking a promise he made with the UAE government. What is important now is (that) government must react to his movement to avoid negative impact on Thai-UAE relations, said the Thai vice minister.
Thailand contacted the UAE Monday and received a good response that such an incident will not happen again. Thailand will wait and see, Mr Panich said.
It’s difficult to bring Mr Thaksin back to justice in Thailand, he said, as some countries where he stayed have no extradition treaty with Thailand.
What the foreign ministry did was to inform the Thai embassies in the countries from which he made the telephoned addresses to his supporters in Thailand, the minister said.
Meanwhile, National Security Council (NSC) secretary general Tawin Pleansri said Monday’s submission of the ‘Red-Shirt’ petition to seek a royal pardon for ousted premier Thaksin was not on the agenda of the NSC meeting.
Participants discussed issues regarding the southern unrest, illegal migrant workers and security along border areas and neigbouring countries.
Mr Tawin said the political situation remains fragile, which can affect national security. However, the council would work to maintain law and order, he affirmed. (TNA)
UAE expresses worries over Thaksin’s political movement
BANGKOK, Aug 18, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has expressed the country’s worries after ousted former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra reportedly made a phone-in address to the red- shirted people on Monday from Dubai, Panit Wikitset, Assistant to Thailand’s Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said here Tuesday.
Thaksin made the phone-in address for thanking his red-shirted supporters, who rallied at Sanam Luang in the center of capital Bangkok and submitted a royal pardon for him to a representative of Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary.
Thaksin claimed to his supporters he is a political victim, and has not been fairly treated since involved authorities adopted double standards in the country’s justice system against him.
Hence, he has to turn to His Majesty the King, he said.
Thaksin had not stopped his phone-in address from Dubai though the UAE government has already asked Thaksin to stop his political movement from the UAE, Thai language news agency Krungthep Turakij Online quoted Panit as saying.
The UAE government also sent the document concerning the request for Thaksin to stop using the UAE for his political movement, Panit said.
“The phone-in address has mirrored Thaksin does not follow his promise to the UAE government. Significantly, the UAE has to manage this matter in a bid to avoid any negative impact on the Thai-UAE relations,” said Panit.
The Thai government on Monday contacted the UAE government through a diplomatic channel and was told that the phone-in address from the UAE won’t re-occur, he said.
Moreover, there are many more countries, which were visited by Thaksin, have expressed their concerns over Thaksin’s political movement in their countries, Panit added.
These countries informed the Thai government that they had already asked Thaksin not to use their countries for the political movement, Panit said.
Thaksin was ousted by the military coup in September, 2006, in accusation of corruption, and kept in exile since then. Thaksin returned to Thailand in February, 2008 to face corruption charges, but he later fled into exile again and was convicted in absentia.
Aug 18, 2009