Monday, 7 February 2011

Thai-Cambodian border commission to meet soon

via CAAI  

BANGKOK, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- A joint commission on border demarcation between Thailand and Cambodia plans to meet later this month as border tension has intensified, a senior Thai official said on Monday.

The Thai-Cambodian Joint Commission on Demarcation for Land Boundary (JBC), led by senior government officials of both countries, is scheduled to meet in the last week of February, Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, secretary to Thai foreign minister told a local television.

Chavanond did not give a specific date in the interview.

The JBC together with the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Thailand and Cambodia in 2000 is the key framework for settling the two countries' disputed border areas. The meeting will be taking place as Thai and Cambodian soldiers exchanged heavy-gun firing in the past four days, causing some casualties on both sides.

In a related development, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, as the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), is scheduled to arrive in Bangkok on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Chavanond said that Thailand will brief the Indonesian minister on the current situation on its border disputes with Cambodia, but is not seeking any mediation by ASEAN.

Editor: Zhang Xiang

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