Tuesday, 24 March 2009

JBC: Cambodia Ignores Protest against Building Road on Disputed Land

Thailand Outlook Channel
24 March 2009

The Thai-Cambodian Joint Committee reveals that Cambodia is still ignoring documents submitted in protest against the construction of a road on disputed land. Meanwhile, the committee chairman has urged the red-shirts to leave the matter out of political protests.

The Thai-Cambodian Joint Commission on Demarcation for Land Boundary or JBC Chairman Wasin Theeravejyarn said that yesterday’s meeting was held to prepare for the upcoming JBC meeting during which Thailand will negotiate demarcation for a land boundary with Cambodia, that will settle the matter for good.

The next JBC meeting will be held in Phnom Penh on April 6th and 7th. Wasin said that Cambodia has already constructed a 4.6-kilometer road onto overlapped land, which violates an agreement signed by the two nations back in 1999. He stated that JBC may raise the issue along with other unresolved issues during the joint session in April.

The JBC Chairman also said that Thailand will continue to use diplomatic means to handle the situation. Wasin said that Thailand must consider the repercussions of sending armed forces in to handle the situation, but said that such measures may be necessary if negotiations fail. Wasin said that JBC is willing to hear from locals before taking any action as those nearby will be effected the most.

The Thai JBC Chairman also said that JBC does not want a third party to step in. Wasin commented that the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship or UDD red-shirt group should not bring up the issue between the two nations in its rally on March 26th, as it may worsen the situation.

The UDD group formerly stated that Thailand has already given up land to Cambodia. Wasin said that it is not a matter of having lost the land, as Thailand would have lost the land a few years ago already if the matters were to be true.

Wasin said that Thailand has already submitted documents to protest Cambodia’s actions, but he thinks that politics may make negotiations more difficult. Wasin said that negotiations with Cambodia can lead to a compromise, but that it is also depends on how Cambodia responds.

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