Thailand hinders Cambodian opposition leader’s return home

Bangkok appears to close ranks with neighbour to thwart group opposed to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Exiled Cambodian opposition leaders will not be allowed to use Thailand as a transit point as they try to return to their homeland this week to confront strongman prime minister Hun Sen, the Thai government said on Wednesday.

The move to ban members of the now dissolved Cambodia National Rescue party from its territory shows Bangkok closing ranks with its neighbour to thwart a group opposing Hun Sen.

“According to our commitment to Asean, we will not interfere in each other’s internal affairs, and we will not allow an anti-government person to use Thailand for opposition,” said Thailand’s prime minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha, referring to the south-east Asian regional grouping. “I have ordered this, so he probably won’t get in.”

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