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Friday 30 December 2011

Thailand hails 'new era' in ties with Cambodia

Surapong Tovichakchaikul (L) met with Cambodian FM Hor Namhong (R) in Phnom Penh.

Asia News Network
By The News Desk in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh (Rasmei Kampuchea Daily/ANN) - Foreign ministers from Cambodia and Thailand said Thursday that the relationship between the two neighboring countries was improving after three years of border conflict.

"The meeting today kicks off a new era for the relationship between Cambodia and Thailand," Thai foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul told a joint news conference after a meeting with Cambodian counterpart Hor Nam Hong.

His remarks were echoed by the Cambodian foreign minister, who said the bilateral relationship was getting better day by day.

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed exchanges of prisoners, trade cooperation, illegal logging, joint energy exploration and development in the Gulf of Thailand.

The latest round in the dispute began in June 2008 when, according to the government in Phnom Penh, about 50 Thai soldiers moved into the vicinity of Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda, located in Cambodian territory about 300 meters from the 11th-century Preah Vihear Temple.

Bangkok argued that border demarcation was not yet complete and that the area belonged to Thailand even though the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Preah Vihear Temple belongs to Cambodia.

By August 2008, the dispute had expanded to the 13th century Ta Moan temple complex west of Preah Vihear, where Cambodia has accused Thai troops of occupying a temple complex on its territory.

Situated in the Dangrek Mountains between the Choam Khsant district in northern Preah Vihear province and Kantharalak district and Sisaket province of northeastern Thailand, the Preah Vihear Temple has been disputed by the two countries for more than a century.


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Anonymous said...

"Surapong" the name was khmer angkorian descendant...Thai King today is khmer descendant...Thailand/Cambodia should be live together like Preah..Pareahm/Palekh!

Anonymous said...

To 6:34am

Yes we should, but Thailand always takes
the upper hand. Therefore Cambodia must
be strong militairely and economically.

A proud Khmer

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