Activist Veera warned not to venture into Cambodian territory

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and Foreign Minister Don Paramatvinai separately warned political activist Veera Somkwamkid not to venture into Cambodian territory in his self-initiated plan to investigate a border casino he claimed locating on Thai soil.

Announcing the government's firm policy of not supporting a casino on Thai soil, the prime minister urged Veera to exercise caution, noting that the area which the latter plans to visit in his probing tour is sensitive.

Building a border casino is the discretion of the joint border committee between Thailand and Cambodia which oversees the demarcation of border lines, said the prime minister, adding that if the casino in question is actually located on Thai territory, it will have to be dismantled.

The prime minister admitted that he had no clue about which Thai businessmen had invested in casinos in Cambodia because there are so many of them.

He reminded Veera of his past experience when he was arrested by Cambodian officials for trespassing on Cambodian territory and sentenced to lengthy imprisonment before he was pardoned not long ago.

Foreign Minister Don said that the casino in question is located on Cambodian territory and not on overlapping area as confirmed by agencies concerned.

He expressed hope that the activist would not venture into the area because he didn't want a conflict to be repeated between Thailand and Cambodia.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)