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No Thai Shadow Government in Cambodia, Hun Sen Says

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, walks with his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra as they attend ASEAN-UN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday he will not allow ousted Thai leaders to form a government in exile in Cambodia.

The Thai military last week took over control of the country from the Pheu Thai Party, which has typically enjoyed a close relationship with Cambodia.

The party is led by supporters of Thaksin Shinawtra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup, and his sister, Yingluck, who was ousted in this one.

Hun Sen said in a public speech Tuesday rumors they would seek to form a shadow government in Cambodia were untrue and dangerous.

“Cambodia is not a place for any country or for any group…to set up an exile government,” he said. “This kind of thinking will lead Thaksin and Yingluck and the Pheu Thai Party to danger.”

Political analyst Lao Mong Hay said the position was “right,” and that according to Cambodia’s constitution and the treaties that established Asean, each country must respect the internal affairs on the others.

Meanwhile, Thailand has tightened security along 800 kilometers of shared border with Cambodia, officials said.

Thai border authorities have tightened measures at checkpoints to “scrutinize the movement of people crossing the borders,” Defense Minister Tea Banh told VOA Khmer. “It’s just normal.”

Cambodian military forces have been ordered to remain in place and are not being deployed along the border.