Thursday, September 01, 2005

Cambodia supports Thailand's IPU Executive Board membership

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Chairman of the Cambodian National Assembly Norodom Ranaridh has said that he completely supports the Thai Parliament's bid for a seat in the International Parliament Union (IPU)’s Executive Board.

During August 29 talks with visiting second Deputy Speaker of the Thai Parliament Lalita Lerksamran, Chairman Ranaridh said that relations between the two parliaments should be strengthened and developed not only at bilateral but also multilateral levels including the ASEAN Inter-Parliament Organisation (AIPO)’s General Assembly, the IPU and the Association of Asian Parliaments for Peace (AAPP).

Regarding bilateral relations, Ranaridh asked the Thai Government to pay due attention to solving outstanding issues between the two countries, covering legalising procedures for Cambodian guest-workers to work in Thailand and border issues.

He also urged Thailand to further bilateral cooperation in the fight against trans-national crime, particularly women and children trafficking.

For her part, Lerksamran affirmed that Thailand’s foreign policy aims to enhance its relations with other countries, especially neighbours. She asked Cambodia to increase the exchange of visits with Thailand to promote their bilateral ties.-Enditem

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