Poll Indicates Gen Chavalit Create More Tensions on Thai-Cambodia Ties

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A Suan Dusit Poll indicates that 71 percent of Thai respondents feel that the meeting of General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has increased tensions between Thailand and Cambodia.

Nearly 40 percent believe the act is part of political game to help the fugitive former prime minister and 30 percent believe it was in an effort to stir up trouble.

The Suan Dusit Poll of Ratchabhat Suan Dusit University revealed the results of a recent opinion survey regarding the case of Pheu Thai Party’s key member, General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh visiting Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen a few days before the 15th ASEAN Summit.

The incident lead to an aggressive reaction from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s rebuttal of Hun Sen’s stance in supporting fugitive ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

The results found that about 40 per cent of the Thai people believe the meeting between General Chavalit and Hun Sen is part of a political act seeking resolution for Thaksin, while nearly 30 per cent feel that the incident caused the international community to get involved into Thai politics.

Moreover, about 71 percent of the respondents are afraid that the Cambodia’s stance on supporting Thaksisn may increase tensions between Thailand and Cambodia even further.

Only about six percent of the respondents believe otherwise, as it is now thought to be a personal affair between General Chavalit, Hun Sen, and Thaksin. 

TAN Network

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