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Pattaya Daily News

24 July 2008 :: 19:07:47 pm 43233

Thailand, Cambodia to Discuss Border Issue Next Monday

BANGKOK, July 24 -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed to hold talks with Thailand at the foreign ministerial level next Monday in his country's northwestern province of Siem Reap, Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej announced on Thursday.
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Speaking to journalists here, Mr. Samak said he had talked with Mr. Hun Sen by telephone and came to an agreement that Cambodia would relinquish its request to the UN Security Council to consider the tense military standoff between the two neighbouring countries over a disputed area near the ancient temple.

The request for the emergency meeting was made by Cambodia after it claimed that Thailand had deployed large numbers of troops along Thai-Cambodian border.

The two countries are locked in a military standoff on the border between Thailand’s Kantharalak district in Si Sa Ket province and Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province where the 11th century Khmer Hindu temple called Preah Vihear stands.

Cambodian government spokesman Khieu Kanharith confirmed Mr. Samak’s comments, saying Phnom Penh had agreed to “suspend the complaint to the UN Security Council (for the time being).”

It is still unknown which minister would represent Thailand at next Monday’s meeting because foreign minister Noppadon Pattama resigned from his post July 14 and his successor has not yet been appointed.

Talks earlier in the Thai border district of Aranyaprathet between Thai Supreme Commander Gen. Boonsang Niempradit and Cambodian Defence Minister Gen. Tea Banh took place on Monday this week over the 4.6-square-kilometre disputed area near the ancient temple saw no headway as both sides refused to back down from claiming sovereignty over the area.

What both sides agreed was not to reinforce their forces in the area. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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