Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen did not offer fugitive ex-Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra a home in Cambodia, Cambodia’s spokesman Khieu Kanharith
“He didn’t say that,” Khieu Kanharith said. “Some people have said we would allow Thaksin to have a permanent home in Cambodia – it’s not true.”
He claimed Hun Sen had been misquoted by the media.
This was the latest twist of the talk between Hun Sen and Gen Chavalit Yongchaiyudh who recently visited Phnom Penh as chief advisor of Pheu Thai party.
Arriving in Bangkok after a one-day visit to Phnom Penh on Wednesday, Chavalit told reporters that Hun Sen offered to build a home for Thaksin who was runaway from a two-year jail term on charge of abuse of power and corruption.
Chavalit quoted Hun Sen as telling him during the talk, “We have been great friends since Thaksin was businessman and the relationship has remained the same since he entered politics.”
“Though I’m not Thai, I’m hurt by what has happened to him. My wife even cried on knowing about it and has an idea to build a home for Thaksin to come and stay honourably.”
Meanwhile Phnom Penh-based Rasmei Kampuchea newspaper quoted Hun Sen as telling Khmer reporters, “I consider Thakshin as my eternal friend. Cambodia will welcome him to stay here for anytime. I make the house available for him at any time if he decides to visit Cambodia. I also talked with Chavalit about the cooperation between Puea Thai Party and Cambodian People’s Party.”