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29 July 2008 :: 12:07:12 pm 43208

Thailand, Cambodia Agree on Border Troop Adjustments

SIEM REAP, July 28 - A day of Thai and Cambodian foreign ministerial talks have concluded in Cambodia's Siem Reap province, with both sides agreeing to a troop adjustment in the disputed area near Preah Vihear temple.
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In a joint press conference, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and his newly appointed Thai counterpart Tej Bunnag announced both countries would adjust their troop deployments stationed inside and around a pagoda located in the temple complex.

“We agreed to ask our governments to redeploy the troops. We will decide at our next meeting how many troops will stay in the disputed area,” Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told reporters.

“The redeployment will only take place once the Thai government approves,” said the Thai Foreign Minister.

The announcement came after the two foreign ministers met earlier on Monday, after which their delegations continued discussions until late in the evening.

Further talks will be held to tackle border demarcation in the disputed area and the clearing of landmines in the area. Both parties also agreed on the need to set up a joint committee to work out the contentious issues, for which cabinet approval would be required from their respective governments. Thai Foreign Minister Tej said he had informed Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej of the outcome of Monday’s talks.

Meanwhile, assistant military attaches from 11 countries inspected the border area in question, during which no untoward incident took place. (TNA)


Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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