Border situation remains normal: Thai diplomat

17:14, July 29, 2010      

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The situation along the Thai- Cambodian border has remained normal, Chalotorn Phaovibul, charge d'affaires of Thailand's Embassy in Cambodia, said on Thursday, the website by the Bangkok Post reported.

His remark was made amid Thailand's opposition to Cambodia's management plan for the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple.

Chalotorn said he has believed Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen would not react until the World Heritage Committee (WHC) decides whether to go ahead and approve Cambodia's management plan for the ancient temple.

Reinforcement of troops along the border is normal, he said, adding that he has not been reported of any unusual situation there.

Thailand's Foreign Ministry has instructed him to monitor Phnom Penh's movement and reported it back to Thailand, he said.

No matter what the WHC's decision would come out, Chalotorn said he has believed Thailand and the neighboring country would not resort to violence, but to adopt diplomatic means to solve the conflict.

Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul has re-affirmed of the normal situation at the border as the ministry is continuously reported of the development there by the northeastern Si Sa Ket province's administration, the Matichon online said.

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said in the morning he was not worried about the situation at the Thai-Cambodian border, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Troops can manage the situation along the Thai-Cambodian border, the Thai deputy prime minister said.

Thailand and Cambodia have historically laid claim to the site, which is located on a mountain top on the Thai-Cambodia border. The disputed area of 4.6 square kilometers has not been demarcated.

In 1962 the International Court of Justice ruled that the 11th- century Preah Vihear temple belonged to Cambodia.

Source: Xinhua


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