Saturday, 21 November 2009

Cambodia, Thai Army Chiefs Talk Friendship

Saturday, 21 November 2009 05:11 DAP-NEWS .

(Posted by CAAI News Media)

Both Cambodia and Thailand army chiefs at the shared border have regular talks to normalize the situation at the border as the two countries’ diplomatic ties have recently down following Cambodia appointed fugitive former Thai Thaksin Sisinawatra as Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen’s advisor and an economic advisor to the Government.

Chea Dara, the Royal Cambodia Armed Forces (RCAF) sub-chief and Preah Vihear army chief, told DAP News Cambodia that the Thai second region army “always called me to ask the situation not to face among the two soldiers. They raised PM Hun Sen’s remarks saying that Cambodia wishes for a safe border to be developed as the two countries’ citizens live with one another.”

“At the weekend, we often make a date to play games such as football, volleyball, and we jointly have meal,” Chea Dara added.

However, Chea Dara confirmed that Cambodian soldiers never forget their duties to protect the kingdom.

The Thai-Cambodia Joint Border Committee (JBC) will meet on Nov 27 at 28 at the Dusit Thani hotel in Pattaya, Thai Defence Ministry spokesman Col Thanathip Saengsawang said on Friday, according to the Bangkok Post.

“It will be a ministerial level defence meeting to discuss border security and military cooperation,” Col Thanathip was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post.

Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wong- suwon will apparently use his ties with Cambodian military leaders to help ease the current tension between the two countries.

The spokesman said that military relations between the two countries remain intact despite the diplomatic row between Bangkok and Phnom Penh.

The Thai Defence Ministry hopes to help settle the dispute between the two governments and at the same time to strengthen ties and trust on both sides, Col Thanathip said.

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