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Cambodian, Thai defense officials to discuss troop pullout

(Xinhua)

16:24, September 02, 2011

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian and Thai senior defense officials will meet here next week to discuss troop pullout from the demilitarized zone surrounding the 11th century Preah Vihear temple, said deputy Prime Minister Sok An on Friday.

The meeting is scheduled on Sept. 7-8 in Phnom Penh.

"The issue of troop withdrawal will be discussed at the meeting," he told reporters at the Phnom Penh International Airport before his departure for the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in China's Nanning.

"According to the information Cambodia has received, the Thai government led by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has already agreed to accept the Indonesian observers to be deployed in the provisional demilitarized zone," said Sok An.

Cambodia and Thailand have had sporadic border conflict over territorial dispute near Cambodia's Preah Vihear temple since the UNESCO listed the temple as a World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.

On July 18, the International Court of Justice ordered Cambodia and Thailand to immediately withdraw their military personnel from the provisional demilitarized zone on the disputed border near Preah Vihear temple and allow ASEAN observers access to the provisional demilitarized zone to monitor ceasefire.

The boder tension has eased since the opposition Pheu Thai Party, led by ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's youngest sister Yingluck, won a landslide victory in Thailand's lower house election on July 3.

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