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Minister denies Cambodians working as mercenaries in Thailand

Publication Date : 22-08-2012


Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith yesterday rejected reported remarks by a Thai minister that Cambodian Muslims were working as mercenaries in Thailand's restive south.

"This is an assumption by some people while the country faces fighting in the south," he told Cambodia Express News (CEN), an affiliate of The Cambodia Herald.

He added that such assertions reflected the "weakness" of Thai authorities. "They should not make such declarations. If they suspect someone, they should start investigating and look for evidence," the minister said,

Prime Minister Hun Sen said earlier that Muslims in Cambodia were living in peace and had no need to work as mercenaries in southern Thailand.

On Monday, the Bangkok Post quoted Thai Defence Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapa as saying that Cambodia should ban Cambodian Muslims from heading for southern Thailand.

Thailand has been fighting a Muslim insurgency in the south for many years.


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