Thai parliament dissolution not to affect ongoing border talks: Cambodian FM

08:42, May 11, 2011      

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Thai House dissolution will not affect ongoing talks between Cambodia and Thailand over the disputed border area next to the 11th century Preah Vihear temple, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said Tuesday.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday announced that the House of Representatives has been dissolved, paving the way for the general election on July 3.

"Thai parliament was dissolved for the election, but the government care-taker is still working as usual, all countries have the same norm," Hor Namhong told reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport upon his arrival from Jakarta, Indonesia, where he talked with his Thai counterpart Kasit Piromya on border issues with the mediation of Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, in the status as ASEAN chair.

During the talks in Jakarta on May 9, Cambodia and Thailand as well as Indonesia agreed to a package solution on dispatching Indonesian observers to the disputed border area in order to ensure a ceasefire.

The package solution consisted of six points.

At points one and two, both sides have to first exchange letters of acceptance on the terms of reference (TOR) for the deployment of Indonesian observer team and at the meantime, both sides announce the dates of the meetings of the General Border Committee (GBC) and the Joint Border Commission (JBC).

At points three and four, five days after both sides have sent the letters of acceptance on TOR to Indonesia, Indonesia will send a Survey Team of Indonesian observers team to inspect the disputed area and at the same time, the GBC and JBC will hold their meetings.

And the point five and six, ten days after both sides have sent the letters of acceptance on TOR to Indonesia, Indonesia will send the full assignment of the Indonesian observers to the disputed border area.

Hor Namhong said that he has heard that Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva would ask his cabinet ministers' meeting to pass the package solution on Tuesday next week.

Border conflicts between Cambodian and Thailand broke out a week after the Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008, which was claimed by both countries.

The latest flare-up had occurred from April 22 until May 3 at the 13th century Ta Moan temple and Ta Krabei temple in Oddar Meanchey province, leaving 19 people on both sides killed and nearly 100,000 civilians fled homes for safe shelters.

Both sides always blamed each other for firstly triggering the attacks.

The two sides agreed to accept Indonesian observers to monitor a ceasefire on their respective border side on Feb. 22 at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Jakarta, but the deployment was always delayed because Thailand demanded that Cambodian soldiers and locals be withdrawn from the disputed area near the temple first.

Source: Xinhua
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