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Thai PM visits Cambodia to attend Sihanouk's cremation ceremony

English.news.cn   2013-02-04 16:13:29            

PHNOM PENH, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday met with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as she visited Cambodia to take part in the royal cremation ceremony of the late Cambodian King Father Norodom Sihanouk.

The meeting was held at the capital's Peace Palace. On behalf of the Government of Thailand and Thai people, Yingluck extended her condolences to Hun Sen over the demise of former King Sihanouk.

She also expressed her gratitude to Prime Minister Hun Sen for asking Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni to grant a royal pardon to a Thai "yellow-shirt" activist Ratree Pipatanapaiboon and to reduce jail term by six months for another Thai Patriots Network activist Veera Somkwamkid.

Cambodia released Ratree and reduced the jail term for Veera last Friday to mark Sihanouk's funeral.

The duo was sentenced by Cambodian court to six years and eight years in prison respectively for unlawful entry into military base and espionage.

During the meeting, Hun Sen thanked Yingluck for her visit to Cambodia to attend Sihanouk's cremation ceremony, which will be held this Monday evening.

Sihanouk ruled Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until his voluntary abdication on October 7, 2004 in favor of his son, the current King Norodom Sihamoni.

He died naturally and peacefully at the age of 90 in China's capital of Beijing on October 15, last year.

The late monarch suffered from various forms of cancer, diabetes and hypertension and had been treated by Chinese doctors in Beijing for years before his death.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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