Saturday, 5 February 2011

Cambodian and Thai Foreign Ministers Meet to Solve Border Dispute

via CAAI


The Thai and Cambodian foreign ministers met on Friday to discuss border issues including the fate of two Thai nationals charged with trespassing and spying.

The meeting, held in Siem Reap, aims at strengthening and expanding cooperation in all fields between the neighbors.

In the meeting, the two countries reached an agreement regarding the national flags that had been put up in their disputed border near the Preah Vihear Temple.

Thailand recently demanded that Cambodia remove flags from one pagoda, saying that the pagoda is on Thai territory.

Cambodia has denied Thailand's claims.

[Hor Namhong, Cambodian Foreign Minister]:
"I think the Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda is in Cambodian territory so the pagoda have the full right to put the Cambodia flag in the pagoda and no problem for Cambodia to remove the flag from the pagoda."

The Thai foreign minister is planning to visit the two Thai nationals in prison in Phnom Penh, detained on trespassing and espionage charges.

He said the ministry's priority is to bring the two Thai nationals home, but would require Cambodia's cooperation.

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