Tuesday, 1 March 2011

JBC meet 'could help ease row'

via CAAI

Published: 28/02/2011
Newspaper section: News

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva hopes a meeting being planned for Indonesia will help Thailand and Cambodia settle their differences over the border dispute.

The Thai-Cambodian Joint Commission on the Demarcation for Land Boundary (JBC) will hold a meeting on March7 and 8, Mr Abhisit said yesterday.

The Foreign Ministry has prepared information needed for the discussions at the JBC meeting, which will also discuss a Thai proposal for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to postpone its consideration of Phnom Penh's management plan for the Preah Vihear temple.

Thailand and Cambodia agreed to hold the JBC meeting in Indonesia at a meeting last Tuesday in Jakarta of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations foreign ministers to push forward negotiations and maintain security along the border.

In another development, the Thai Patriots Network and an executive from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have been given permission to visit TPN coordinator Veera Somkwamkid and his secretary, Ratree Pipatanapaiboon, today in Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh.

The visit follows a report the two had signed petitions seeking royal pardons after they were convicted for spying and entering Cambodia illegally, but the TPN does not believe the report because their families have not confirmed it, said TPN legal adviser ML Wanwipa Charoonroj. The TPN opposes the submissions for a pardon.

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