Cambodian PM Welcomes Negotiation with His Thai Counterpart
Phnom Penh, April 28, 2011 AKP – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has announced to welcome and accept his Thai counterpart’s will to have a negotiation between both premiers.
But the negotiation must be held on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit scheduled on May 7-8 in Indonesia in case the Indonesian observers have not yet arrived in Cambodia, Samdech Techo Hun Sen said at the Extraordinary Congress of Cambodian Women Association for Peace and Development held here yesterday at the Peace Palace.
We do not want the Cambodian-Thai border dispute to complicate or hinder the ASEAN Summit, but the issue can not now be solved at the foreign ministerial level, except at the top level, he added.
The last four negotiations between prime ministers of both countries since Thai encroachment on Cambodian territory at the area of Preah Vihear Temple on July 15, 2008 have helped improve the situation. But the situation at the border became worse early this year, especially when Thailand conducted a war of aggression against Cambodia from Feb. 4 to 7 and recently since Apr. 22.
“During these days of the fighting, Cambodia has exercised utmost restraint, we just used small weapons, not heavy weapons, but on Apr. 26, Cambodia began to use heavy weapons to defend our infantrymen,” said Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, stressing “Our patience is limited, but our use of heavy weapons is still in low level and small scale.”
According to Thai media, Thailand will accept the Indonesian observers only if Cambodia withdraws its troops from Preah Vihear Temple and Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda. “I would like to confirm Cambodia’s stance that Cambodia can not withdraw its troops from its own territory,” the Cambodian premier said.
He further called on Indonesia, the current Chair of ASEAN, to send observers to the Cambodian side despite disagreement from Thailand.
Cambodian and Thai foreign ministers agreed in February to accept Indonesian observers to monitor and ensure a permanent ceasefire between the two countries. But later on, Thai military rejected the presence of Indonesian observers and insisted the issue be resolved bilaterally. –AKP
Article in Khmer by CHIM Nary
Article in English by SOKMOM Nimul
Statement of the Press and Quick Reaction Unit over Thai Incessant Aggressions on Cambodian Territory
Phnom Penh, April 28, 2011 AKP – The following is the statement of the Press and Quick Reaction Unit of the Office of the Council of Ministers about Thailand’s incessant attacks and invasions of Cambodia:
National Defense Ministry Updates on Situation at Frontline
Phnom Penh, April 28, 2011 AKP – The Spokesman of the Ministry of National Defense has in a statement updated on the situation at the frontline.
The following is the full statement dated Wednesday: