Thai military standing firm to protect national security

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BANGKOK, 7 June 2011  – Supreme Commander General Songkitti Jaggabatara reaffirms that the military are duty-bound to protect the country’s sovereignty while negotiations with Cambodia over the disputed area depend mainly on the government. 

General Songkitti stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be responsible for collating related information about the Preah Vihear case and lodging it to the International Court of Justice for consideration while the military will take care of the nation’s sovereignty only.

The supreme commander continued that the government will be responsible for mapping out a policy guideline for the negotiation with the neighbouring rival.

General Songkitti reiterated that the military will not carry out any negotiations. He said the stance has been announced and explained clearly in writing to the National Defence Council and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan.