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PM: Troops will stay in disputed area

Source: Bangkok Post
Thai troops in Preah Vihear (AP)
Thai troops will not be withdrawn from the
disputed area when Thailand and Cambodia reopen border crossings near
Preah Vihear temple on Friday, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said
Wednesday.
“There will be no withdrawal of the soldiers while there are still villagers in the area,” Mr Abhisit said.
The prime minister said, however, that there could be an adjustment of troops.
If Thai soldiers were to be withdrawn, there must be good reason for
it.  Cambodia must abide by the memorandum of understanding signed in
2000 on border demarcation, he said.
The Memorandum, signed during the Democrat-led administration under
Chuan Leekpai, established ground rules for discussing land boundaries
between the two countries. It means that neither country is allowed to
use  disputed territories until border demarcation is finished.

Mr Abhisit said earlier that Cambodia had violated the memorandum by
moving people into a community set up inside the disputed 4.6 square
kilometre area.

The prime minister said he had been informed that some Cambodian
communities and markets had already moved out of the area, but
their temples have not yet been relocated.
Mr Abhisit said he still believed that border conflict can be solved through talks.
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