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PM Yingluck has been meeting regional leaders on her first trips abroad as the country's leader, but one person she won't meet is her brother who will soon visit Cambodia.

New Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a welcoming ceremony to Indonesia. Her next stop will be Cambodia, a day before her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, arrives.

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Shinawatras tread carefully in Phnom Penh

PM Yingluck won't meet Thaksin on her carefully planned trip to Cambodia


Separate visits to Phnom Penh by two members of the Shinawatra family underline close ties between Thailand and Cambodia in the post-Democrat-led government era.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother Thaksin are scheduled to be in the Cambodian capital only one day apart. Ms Yingluck's official visit is set for Thursday followed by Thaksin's turn the day after.

The Office of the Council of Ministers in Cambodia released a statement yesterday with the headline "Cambodia and Ms Yingluck's government: A positive outlook in the relations between the two countries".

Ties between Thailand and Cambodia turned sour when the Democrats were in power but showed signs of improvement after the Pheu Thai Party's election victory was greeted with jubilation by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

With Thaksin still facing a jail term for abuse of power over his former wife's Ratchadaphisek land deal, organisers of the two trips carefully arranged the schedules so that brother and sister would not see each other while they were in Phnom Penh.

Thaksin's close aide Noppadon Pattama said Thaksin, who will enter Cambodia on his Montenegro passport, had no plans to meet his sister because he did not want to make her feel uncomfortable.

A Pheu Thai source said Ms Yingluck would get herself into trouble if she spoke to Thaksin. She could be attacked by the opposition party and Thaksin's opponents for negligence of duty if she did not arrest him. The party will make sure Ms Yingluck leaves Phnom Penh before the plane carrying Thaksin touches down, the source said.

Cambodian PM Hun Sen (left) and Thaksin Shinawatra.

Hun Sen said Thaksin's visit is not related to attempts by the two countries to revive talks on oil and gas reserves in disputed waters in the Gulf of Thailand. "The Cambodian prime minister stressed that the responsibility for negotiating oil and gas deals and other issues with Cambodia rests with the Thai government, not Thaksin. So far no agreement has been reached on oil and gas deal talks between Cambodia and Thailand," the Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

Thaksin was an economic adviser to the Cambodian government before being pressured to give up the role during the Democrat-led government's tenure.

He will be in Cambodia until Sept 24. He will attend the Asian Economic Forum and make a speech to the conference on Saturday. He will meet Hun Sen and play golf with him on Sunday.

Pheu Thai MPs have planned a friendly football match with Cambodian officials at the Olympic Stadium on Sept 24.

The Pheu Thai source said the party had been having second thoughts about the match due to concerns that the game could be a target for the opposition. Yet Hun Sen insisted yesterday that the match was going ahead, Xinhua said.

tread carefully – to be very careful about what you do or say  ระมัดระวัง, ปฏิบัติตัว อย่างรอบคอบ
underline – to show clearly that something is important or true เน้น ย้ำความสำคัญ
ties – relations; connections ความสัมพันธ์
post- – after
era – a period of time that has a particular quality or character ยุค, สมัย
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
turn – the time when a person can or must do something, because they are with other people who are each doing the same activity one after the other ลำดับ, อันดับ
release – to make known to the public ให้ข่าว
statement – something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion แถลงการณ์, คำแถลง
headline – the title of a story, article, etc. that is printed in large letters ข่าวพาดหัว
positive – something good สิ่งที่ดี
outlook – an idea about what a situation will be like in the future  อนาคตที่คาดหวังไว้,  ทัศนคติ
relations – the way in which two people, groups or countries behave towards each other or deal with each other ความสัมพันธ์
sour (relations) – to cause a relationship to have problems; to worsen relations
improvement – when something gets better or when you make it better การปรับปรุง, การทำให้ดีขึ้น
jubilation – behaviour that shows you are extremely happy because something good has happened การเฉลิมฉลองด้วยความร่าเริง
jail term – the length of time a person is required to spend in jail
abuse of power – the illegal use of power in a bad, dishonest or harmful way ใช้อำนาจในการกระทำผิดกฎหมาย
aide – someone whose job is to help another person in their work ผู้ช่วย
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
opposition party –a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government พรรคฝ่ายค้าน  
opponent – someone who disagrees with you or who is competing against you ฝ่ายตรงข้าม
negligence – when you do not give enough care or attention to someone or something ความประมาท, ความไม่เอาใจใส่
touch down – (of a plane or other aircraft) to make contact with the ground as it lands นำลง (เครื่องบิน)
revive – to come or bring something back to existence or use ฟื้นฟู, ทำให้เกิดขึ้นอีก
reserves – a supply of something that is available to be used in the future or when it is needed สิ่งที่สงนไว้,   สิ่งที่สำรองไว้
disputed – involved in a disagreement มีความขัดแย้ง
responsibility – a duty ความรับผิดชอบ, ความรับผิดชอบ
negotiate – to try to reach an agreement by discussing something in a formal way เจรจาต่อรอง
issue – matter; a subject that people discuss or argue about  ประเด็น
adviser – a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject ที่ปรึกษา
pressure – to try to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way กดดัน
role – the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation บทบาท
tenure – the period of time during which someone has an important job ช่วงระยะเวลาที่ดำรงตำแหน่ง
forum – a place where people can express their ideas and opinions การประชุมแสดงความคิดเห็น
have second thoughts - to change your opinion about something or start to doubt it เริ่มสงสัยว่าสิ่งที่ทำอยู่ถูกหรือเปล่า
due to – because of เนื่องจาก
concern – a worry ความกังวล
target – a person, business, building, area, etc., that someone intends to attack เป้าหมาย
insist – to keep saying very firmly that something is true ยืนกราน ยืนยัน

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