Thai-Cambodian border crossings in Sa Kaeo province open as usual: Thai officer

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-05 21:15:47|Editor: Zhang Dongmiao
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BANGKOK, July 5 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia has not ordered to close 43 temporary border crossings into eastern Thailand's Sa Kaeo province as reported by some local media, the Thai armed forces clarified on Wednesday.

Sutin Benjavilaikul, an officer from second royal Thai armed forces headquarters told media that the 43 Thai-Cambodian border crossings in three districts of Sa Kaeo province are open as usual and no closure orders from Cambodia have been received.

He emphasized that Cambodia would not hold a grudge against Thailand after the government issued an executive decree to stipulate harsh punishment on unregistered migrant workers.

He said both sides would consider people's benefits first before making any order.

The officer said that Thailand and Cambodia have been in good relations and on the issue of migrant workers, the two sides will meet next week to find a way out.

The new labor law, issued on June 23, includes fines that can range up to 800,000 baht (23,557 U.S dollars) for employers who hire unregistered foreign workers without permits.

The Thai government has invoked its absolute power to delay the implementation of the executive decree, putting it off for 180 days until Dec 31. Many employers lay off their undocumented workers in this period, leading an exodus of more than 4,300 Cambodian workers.