Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Kasit to meet Asean Chair in Jakarta Thursday

via CAAI

By The Nation

Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya will meet Asean Chair Marty Natalegawa in Jakarta on Thursday on the sideline of an Asean's ministerial meeting to discuss current border disputes with Cambodia, deputy government spokesman Supachai Jaisamutr said Wednesday.

Kasit is initially scheduled to represent Thailand in Asean's Social and Cultural meeting in Jakarta so he will take opportunity to discuss the Thai-Cambodia border dispute with Marty, also Indonesian foreign minister.

Marty, as Asean Chair, had reschuduled his planned visit to Thailand and Cambodia to push for a renewed ceasefire after both countries renewed border fightings in Surin province last Friday.

The skirmish on Tuesday spreaded to an area near Preah Vihear Temple.

Meanwhile Kasit is scheduled to brief Chinese and Vietnamese ambassadors to Thailand on the latest fatal border clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops.

Foreign Ministry's spokesman Thani Thongpakdi said Tuesday Kasit will meet the Chinese ambassador at about 5pm and the Vietnamese ambassador at 5.30pm.

Briefings come in the wake of escalating border tension between Thailand and Cambodia with the exchange of fire on April 22-25 near the 13th-century Ta Muen Thom and Tha Kwai temples in northeastern Surin province bordering Cambodia's Otdar Mean Chey province.

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