Posts Tagged cambodian border

Cambodian, Thai border talks end with no agreement

SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AFP) – - Cambodian and Thai defence ministers on Wednesday concluded border talks but said they could not agree to pull back troops from a tense territorial dispute near an ancient temple.

At least seven Thai and Cambodian troops have been killed in recent months in sporadic clashes between the neighbouring countries on disputed land around the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple.

Cambodian defence minister Tea Banh and his Thai counterpart Prawit Wongsuwan began this week’s talks by playing a round of golf in the northwestern tourist hub of Siem Reap on Tuesday.

The pair hailed progress by border negotiators from both countries, but Thailand’s Prawit told reporters after talks finished Wednesday that troops would remain in place until the border was demarcated.

“The issue of troop pullback… from the area near Preah Vihear temple depends on the negotiation related to border demarcation that has not been agreed yet,” Prawit told reporters in a joint press conference.

Tea Banh added that both countries were using all means possible to resolve the border dispute.

Troops from the two countries have been in a border standoff since tensions flared last July, when the cliff-top temple was awarded United Nations World Heritage status.

Ownership of the temple was awarded to Cambodia in 1962 but the two countries are in dispute over five square kilometres (two square miles) of land around it that has yet to be officially demarcated.

source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/afp/20090429/tap-cambodia-thailand-conflict-talks-c8d5519.html

You are viewing sam rainsy party website

, ,

No Comments

Thai, Cambodian PMs discuss border clashes

Saturday, April 11, 2009
AFP

PATTAYA, Thailand — Deadly border clashes between Thailand and Cambodia were caused by a “misunderstanding” and will not harm ties, the Thai premier said Friday after meeting his counterpart.

Abhisit Vejjajiva and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met on the sidelines of an Asian summit here, their first encounter since three Thai soldiers died in fierce gunbattles near an ancient temple one week ago.

“During our bilateral talks we discussed the latest incident,” Abhisit told a press conference after the meeting.

“It happened because of a misunderstanding. The incident will not affect our relations and we will use channels of communication if anything happens in future.”

Abhisit said he would also visit Cambodia on April 18 to meet King Norodom Sihamoni, Hun Sen and other senior officials.

Tensions flared last July when the cliff-top building was awarded United Nations World Heritage status and four people died in clashes the following October.

Ownership of the temple was awarded to Cambodia in 1962 but the two countries are in dispute over five square kilometres (two square miles) of land around the temple which has yet to be officially demarcated.

Abhisit said that he had also discussed cooperation on their overlapping maritime zones and talked about financial assistance to improve the road in Cambodia that links up their border.

source: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2009/04/11/203815/Thai%2DCambodian.htm

, ,

No Comments