21 May 2024

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has made clear that Cambodia’s former opposition leader Sam Rainsy will be refused entry to Thailand on his way to the Cambodian border town of Poipet to celebrate Cambodia’s Independence Day on November 9th.

Responding to a reporter’s question about Rainsy’s request to enter Cambodia via Thailand, the Prime Minister said today that Thailand stands firmly by ASEAN’s commitment to non-interference in the domestic affairs of member countries and will not allow opponents of the Cambodian government to use Thai territory for political activities.

Thai Foreign Minister Don Paramudvinai said today he was not aware of Rainsy’s written request, addressed to the Prime Minister, which is reported to have been delivered to the Thai embassy in Paris, seeking permission to enter Thailand on November 8th on a Thai Airways International flight from Paris to attend Independence Day celebrations the following day.

Don said he was busy attending the ASEAN Summit and, therefore, had not seen Rainsy’s letter.