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Demarcation: Calls for Thai action on border

Nguon Nhel Vice President of National Assembly
CAMBODIA has again urged Thailand’s parliament to approve the minutes
of recent Joint Border Committee meetings, so the two countries can
recommence work on demarcation and de-mining along their sensitive shared border.

The
request was made yesterday during a meeting between Nguon Nhel
(pictured), first deputy president of the National Assembly, and a
visiting Thai parliamentary friendship delegation led by Jittipot
Viriyaroj.

On November 2, the Thai parliament was set to ratify
the minutes of several JBC meetings from 2008 and 2009, but instead set
up a committee comprising 30 parliamentarians to consider the issue,
prolonging the ratification for another three months. Border
demarcation cannot move ahead until the JBC minutes are approved.

During a visit to Phnom Penh earlier this week, Thai Foreign Minister
Kasit Piromya told his Cambodian counterpart, Hor Namhong, that the
Thai parliament is examining whether the minutes are in line with
Thailand’s Constitution.

The situation along the Thai-Cambodian border has been sensitive since the listing of Preah Vihear temple as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2008. The delegation returns to Thailand tomorrow.

Phnom Penh Post
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