Relations between two previously opposed Indo-Chinese neighbours are edging towards cordiality, with the new government in formerly right-wing Thailand making overtures towards the newly emergent communist regime in Cambodia.
GV Thai Foreign Minister Bhichai Rattakul on dais
SCU Rattakul speaking
RATTAKUL: "Top in priority will be our effort to reach a better understanding with the countries of Indo-China. We would like to develop harmonious and mutually better relations with them. This government's policy statement to the National Assembly clearly spelt out our firm determination to do everything possible to normalise relations with all our neighbouring countries, regardless of their social, political and economic systems or ideological inclinations. In this regard, we are greatly heartened by the re-affirmation of the will to ensure amicable and neighbourly relations between Thailand and democratic Kampuchea. Recognition of, and respect for, the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other, realising that political, economic and social systems of each are internal affairs, and that internal interference, either direct or indirect, is not to be tolerated - agreement that despite all these differences the two countries could co-exist in peace and amity, based on the principles of Pancha Sila. These are the principles that were mutually agreed upon to govern present and future Thai-Kampuchea relations. The have proved to be not merely a set of diplomatic platitudes, but an expression of sincere intent. They have helped to smooth over suspicion and mistrust that could have arisen from internal changes and security concerns in the border region."
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Background: Relations between two previously opposed Indo-Chinese neighbours are edging towards cordiality, with the new government in formerly right-wing Thailand making overtures towards the newly emergent communist regime in Cambodia.
SYNOPSIS: Thailand's Foreign Minister spoke about relations with Kampuchea -- the old name for Cambodia -- at a recent news conference.