Thai FM speeds plans to restore Thai-Cambodian ties

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Thai foreign ministry is speedily developing plans to restore Thai-Cambodian relations, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said on Monday.

On the local level, Kasit said the Thai and Cambodian army and provincial authorities will jointly promote cultural exchanges, organize sporting events, provide human rights and medical assistance and remove landmines along the border, Bangkok Post reports.

As for the middle level, a hotline service and more checkpoints will be set up for the two countries. The Cambodian information minister will also be invited to discuss bilateral issues, he said.

Kasit said the plans will be proposed to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva soon.

Thailand and Cambodia have age-old dispute over the area along their border and over the 900-year-old Hindu Preah Vihear Temple. In 1962, the International Court of Justice ruled the temple belongs to Cambodia, rejecting Thai claims.

Tensions flared up again as the UNESCO named Preah Vihear a World Heritage in 2008 and once again as Cambodia appointed Thailand's ousted former-PM Thaksin Shinnawatra as its economic adviser in November 2009. Armed clashes resulting in casualties on both sides have occurred occasionally in the area since then.

Thailand protested against Cambodia by recalling its ambassador soon after Thaksin's appointment, and then Cambodia followed the suit. The two countries' diplomatic relations did not resume to normal until Aug. 25 of this year, when they reinstated the ambassadors to each other, following Thaksin's resignation.

Source: Xinhua


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