Cambodian officials leave for Indonesia to discuss border issue with Thailand

16:47, April 06, 2011      

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A delegation of Cambodian senior officials on Wednesday left Phnom Penh for Indonesia to attend the meetings with Thailand over the border conflict next to the Preah Vihear temple.

The meetings of Cambodia-Thai General Border Committee (GBC) and Joint Border Committee on Demarcation for Land Boundary (JBC) will be held on April 7-8 in Bogor, aimed to negotiate on the border conflict.

The meetings, arranged by Indonesia as the status of ASEAN chair, follow the deadly clashes between Cambodian and Thai troops over the disputed border areas near Preah Vihear temple on Feb. 4- 7.

Cambodian delegation was headed by Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong. Speaking at Phnom Penh International Airport before leaving for the meetings, Hor Namhong said that the main target of the meetings is to determine the term of reference in order to enable Indonesian observers to monitor the ceasefire at the disputed border areas.

However, Thai media reported that Thailand will attend only the JBC meeting.

Thailand's Supreme Commander Gen Songkitti Jaggabatara said Tuesday that Thai army officers will not attend the GBC meeting taking place in Indonesia and that Indonesian observers will not be allowed to be present at the disputed Thai- Cambodian border, the Thai state's media MCOT online reported.

Cambodia and Thailand had border conflict just a week after Cambodia's Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008, since then both sides have built up military forces along the border, and periodic clashes happened, resulted in the deaths of troops on both sides.

The border between Thailand and Cambodia has never been completely demarcated. Although the International Court of Justice ruled in 1962 that the temple itself belonged to Cambodia, the row over the 4.6-square-km territory around the temple has never been resolved.

Source: Xinhua
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