KHON KAEN, 6 May 2011 – Prime Minister’s Office Minister Ongart Klampaiboon has confirmed that the construction of bomb shelters will still be carried out although the Thai-Cambodian border situation has subsided.
Speaking after visiting the northeastern province of Khon Kaen on Thursday, Mr Ongart admitted that the border situation has eased off after satisfactory results of negotiations between Thai and Cambodian officials at both national and local levels.
Regarding assistance measures for border residents, the minister said the government is urgently constructing bunkers to ensure safety of villagers in eastern border provinces in case further artillery exchanges occur again. He pledged that the government will not be complacent about the situation.
The eastern border provinces comprise Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.
Mr Ongart added that the government has also dispatched related officials to survey and help repair local residences damaged from the recent border skirmishes.