Thailand to Thaksin:don't use Montenegro 'for politics'

Ousted Thai PM Shinawatra must not use his stay in the Balkan country to send political messages to his homeland, Montenegro's FM said.

Thailand to Thaksin:don't use Montenegro 'for politics'

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has Montenegro citizenship, must not use his stay in the Balkan country to send political messages to his homeland, Montenegro's foreign minister said on Friday.

Speaking in Montenegro in April, Thaksin said he was in contact with supporters in Thailand. It was unclear if he was still in the country.

Milan Rocen, the foreign minister, said Thaksin obtained Montenegrin citizenship before he was indicted in Thailand, adding that the former Thai premier was not wanted by Interpol.

"We pointed out to Mister Shinawatra that he cannot in any way use our territory, our hospitality for political activities and for sending political messages to his supporters ... in Thailand," he told reporters during a visit to Slovenia.

Thaksin was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and later sentenced in absentia to two years in jail for graft.

Demonstrations by "red shirt" pro-Thaksin protesters in Thailand have spiralled into a crisis which has killed 31 people, wounded more than 1,400, and scared off investors.

Rocen said Thaksin was "interested in significant projects in Montenegro" and that giving him citizenship has helped boost Montenegro's global profile.

Rocen added that several European states have given citizenship to what he described as controversial businessmen but gave no names, adding that Montenegro "was no exception".

Montenegro, which declared independence from Serbia in 2006, wants to join the European Union and hopes to get EU candidate status by the end of this year.

Reuters

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