Last week was one for Pheu Thai Party politicians plus Thaksin Shinawatra to remember. But it was a week that desk officials really want to forget.
Defence Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat came back from Preah Vihear temple with a smile on his face. The ex-air force officer believed the working lunch he had with his Cambodian counterpart, Tea Banh, had sent a message from the Thai-Cambodian border to The Hague, where the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is based, that the two countries could live amicably despite their row over the land at the temple.
ACM Sukumpol calmed his critics _ including the Foreign Ministry which gave a polite warning _ who he said were over-reacting to the possible implications of his trip on the court battle between the Thai and Cambodian capitals over the territorial dispute which encompasses a mere 4.6 square kilometres.