Friday, 25 February 2011

Thailand To Maintain Soldiers In Thai-Cambodian Disputed Areas

via CAAI

BANGKOK, Feb 25 (TNA) -- Thai Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan affirmed on Friday that the Thai government has no policy to withdraw Thai soldiers from contentious areas along the Thai-Cambodian border.

General Prawit insisted that he has never proposed any withdrawal of Thai troops from the disputed border areas, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

The Thai defence minister said that he would then discuss with Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya on how Indonesian observers would supervise the Thai-Cambodian border situation--before consulting with the Thai military.

General Prawit insisted that the arrival of the Indonesian observers soon is not considered an intervention with Thailand's internal affairs as they would only monitor the situation, and that Thai authorities would take care of their stay.

The Thai defence minister acknowledged that the development was in line with Thailand's stance on advocating bilateral negotiations with Cambodia to resolve unsettled border issues, and that the Thai government has no problems with the United Nations Security Council's recent resolution calling for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to supervise the bilateral talks between Bangkok and Phnom Penh.

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