Thailand to discuss border issue with Cambodia

09:54, May 12, 2011      

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Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will meet with his Cambodian counterpart Tea Banh to discuss border issue during the 5th Asean Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) in Jakarta, Col Thanathip Sawangsaeng said on Wednesday.

The defence spokesman said that Gen Prawit will be accompanied by Gen Kittipong Ketkowit, the permanent secretary for defence, and a number of military officers in the trip to Indonesia, Bangkok Post online reported.

The meeting is for the defence ministers of the 10 Asean member countries to exchange opinions concerning security and military affairs in the region.

Asean's role in solving international problems such as suppression of piracy in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia will also be discussed.

Gen Prawit is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with the defence ministers of five countries - Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore - regarding military relations and cooperation, border security, strengthening of confidence in the region, military exchange programs, and joint military training and exercises.

Col Thanathip said Gen Prawit and Gen Tea Banh of Cambodia will discuss border issue during this occasion.

The latest round of border fighting between the two neighboring countries took place on April 22 and lasted for 13 straight days. It caused at least a dozen of fatalities and drove some 100,000 residents of both countries to flee their homes.

Source: Xinhua
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