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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Army: Thai military officers not attending Thai-Cambodian border meeting in Indonesia

Songkiti Jaggabatara (L) and Cambodian Commander-in-Chief Pol Saroeun during his visit to Cambodia on 24th August, 2009.

BANGKOK, April 5 (MCOT)- Thailand's Supreme Commander Gen Songkitti Jaggabatara on Tuesday said that Thai army officers will not attend the Thai-Cambodian General Border Committee (GBC) meeting taking place in Indonesia and that Indonesian observers will not be allowed to be present at the disputed Thai-Cambodian border.

The supreme commander announced Thailand's stance after meeting commanders of Thailand's three armed services as Indonesia, as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), called for both the Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission (JBC) and GBC meetings to be held on Thursday and Friday in Bogor, Indonesia.

The arrangement was part of an agreement to settle the boundary conflict between the two ASEAN neighbours and included a plan to dispatch Indonesian observers to the disputed area adjacent to the ancient Preah Vihear temple.

Gen Songkitti stated that the Thai army will not attend the upcoming GBC meeting in Indonesia as both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 1995 that the border meeting, chaired by the defence ministers of the two countries, were to be held annually on a bilateral basis and that Thailand and Cambodia would take turns as host.

"The military adheres to the commitment that the two neighbours have made over the bilateral talk basis," said Gen Songkitti. "Besides, the United Nations Security Council resolution and the meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers stated clearly that Thailand and Cambodia should hold talk bilaterally under existing mechanism."

The Thai supreme commander added that the Thai army is ready to attend the GBC meeting in Cambodia when the right time and place comes.

"If the army attends the meeting in Indonesia, this means it does not follow the 1995 MoU and the army cannot do so as it needs parliamentary approval on the matter," said Gen Songkitti.

Gen Songkitti however said Thailand is willing to host the GBC meeting if Cambodia is not ready to hold the meeting.

Regarding the plan of Indonesia to dispatch observers to the disputed Thai-Cambodian border, the supreme commander reasserted that the Thai
armed forces must protect the country's sovereignty and cannot allow any troops of any country to trespass the Thai territory as this can affect the kingdom's national security strategies.

Gen Songkitti reiterated that the presence of another country's troops means that Thailand's sovereignty is violated. (MCOT online news)


Anonymous said...

"the presence of another country's troops means that Thailand's sovereignty is violated"

What? so every years those thousands foreign troops participated in Golden Cobra and fucked your girls pussy did not violate your lowereignty ?

Anonymous said...

khmer general no academie no moral army

Anonymous said...

Yet they efficiently kick thai asses so hard to the point that thai resorted to use illegal and immoral cluster bombs,what a coward!

Anonymous said...

I felt shocked and dismayed to see my military received this thai son of the bitch general with rolling red carpet. How could you receive a thief in this manner? This guy has no honor,he represents the aggressive thug nation of the 21st century.Don't be so dumb and submissive to any thais, they were used to be Khmer slaves in the past.