Senior Cambodian general Ith Sarath thanked a visiting Thai military official on Wednesday, during a meeting in Phnom Penh, for blocking opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s planned return to Cambodia through Thailand in early November.
Sam Rainsy had announced that he would return to Cambodia on November 9 along with “hundreds of thousands” of migrant workers, using the land border at Poipet in Banteay Meanchey province. However, he was denied entry into Thailand and other attempts to reach Cambodia along with his Cambodia National Rescue Party colleagues were blocked by neighboring ASEAN nations.
Gen. Ith Sarath, chief of joint staff for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), thanked visiting Lt. Gen. Piroach Vilailug, chief of the Royal Thai Armed Forces’ Department of Border Affairs, for cooperating with government to block “extremist” forces from entering the country.
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