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Cambodia Urges Thais to Approve Border Agreements

Photo: AP Hor Namhong, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, addresses the 65th
session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong met with his Thai counterpart on Monday, demanding that Thai parliament approve a series of meeting minutes crucial to advancing border agreements.
Hor Namhong told reporters after his meeting with Kasit Pirumya that he wanted urgent action on border resolutions.
 
“I
demand that the Thai National Assembly approves the minutes of three
joint border commission meetings and ask to urgently hold
Cambodian-Thai joint border commission meetings for demarcation between
Cambodia and Thailand,” Hor Namhong said.
 
Kasit said Thai parliament needs to determine whether agreements made in a series of meetings in recent years are constitutional.
 
Kasit was in Cambodia with a high-level border delegation for talks with senior leaders, including Prime Minister Hun Sen. The visit follows a series of improved diplomatic steps and an easing of tensions on the disputed border near Preah Vihear temple.
 
“I
appointed a new ambassador in charge of border affairs, who will arrive
in Phnom Penh soon to meet Var Kimhong, the Cambodian border commission
head for border talks,” he said.
 
Hor Namhong also said he requested
that Thai border authorities exercise restraint in dealing with
Cambodians who illegally cross, following reports of shootings.
 
“If
a Cambodian is doing something illegal in Thailand, Thai authorities
should arrest him or her in conformity with normal procedures and not
using violence,” he said.
Kasit said he would take the request back to Bangkok.
 
A spokesman for Hun Sen said the prime minister had encouraged more joint cooperation for resoultion of border disputes in his meeting with Kasit.
 
The
Thai delegation, which stays through Tuesday, also includes senior
military officials, including Prayuth Chan-ocha, the nation’s new
commander-in-chief.
Chun Sakada, VOA Khmer | Phnom Penh
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