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Cambodia, Thai foreign ministers to meet next week on cooperation


Cambodian and Thai foreign ministers are scheduled to meet next week in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province on cooperation.

At
the invitation of Hor Namhong, Cambodian foreign minister, Thai Foreign
Minister Kasit Piromya will lead a delegation to participate in the
seventh meeting of the joint commission for bilateral cooperation
between Cambodia and Thailand, according to the press release from the
Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on
Friday.

The meeting, to be held on Feb. 3-4, will focus on
strengthening and expanding cooperation in all fields between the two
countries. During the meeting, both sides will adopt the record of
discussion of the meeting.

On Thursday, a new military
confrontation between Cambodia and Thailand at the Preah Vihear temple
area happened following a report that Cambodia had raised a national
flag over Wat Keo Sekha Kiri Svarak pagoda at Preah Vihear temple and
refused to remove it despite Thai side’s request.

According to
reports, the flag was raised after the contentious stone tablet, with a
message “Here is Cambodia,” was removed on Wednesday.

Spokesman
for Cambodian Foreign Ministry, Koy Kuong, said Friday that it cannot
be assumed that the current tension at Preah Vihear temple will be
discussed at the meeting. However, it depends on whether the situation
will cool down before the meeting.

However, Reth Sitha, deputy
chief of general staff at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit and
commander of Tank Unit, said on Friday that Cambodia has begun to
enhance its military capacity.

Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple
was enlisted as World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008. Just a week after
the enlistment, Cambodia and Thailand had border conflict due to Thai
claim of the ownership of 4.6 sq km of scrub next to the temple,
triggering a military build-up along the border. Periodic clashes
between Cambodian and Thai soldiers have resulted in the deaths of
troops on both sides.

Source: Xinhua

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