Wednesday, 9 February 2011

No cancellation of Thai trade exhibition in Cambodia despite border dispute: Thai official

via CAAI

PHNOM PENH, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Thai's plan to hold the annual Thailand Trade Fair 2011 in Phnom Penh of Cambodia from next week will continue despite several times of military clashes between the two countries over the border disputed areas near the 11th century temple in recent weeks, said a Thai trade chief to Cambodia on Wednesday.

"No any cancellation to the plan--it's still on schedule on Feb. 17-20 at the Diamond Island's convention hall in Phnom Penh," Jiranan Wongmongkol, director of the Thai embassy's Foreign Trade Promotion Office in Phnom Penh, told Xinhua.

She said that the exhibition, in cooperation with Cambodian Ministry of Commerce, will be participated by about 150 Thai companies and about 25 Cambodian companies.

"Our Thai business people believed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's remark on Monday that the two countries' border dispute will not spread to cooperation in other fields,"she said.

On Monday, Hun Sen announced that Cambodia still continue cooperation with Thailand on all fields ranging from trades, cultures, tourism, economics and so on.

"We don't let the dispute at the area of about 10 km along the border near Preah Vihear Temple become as the dispute throughout the border of 800 km between the two countries,"said the prime minister.

Cambodia and Thailand have had border conflict just a week after Cambodia's Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.

The conflict is due to Thai claim of the ownership of 1.8 square miles (4.6 sq km) of scrub next to the temple, triggering a military build-up along the border, and periodic clashes between Cambodian and Thai soldiers have resulted in the deaths of troops on both sides.

Editor: Xiong Tong

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