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Thai-Cambodian border traders call for peace

BURI RAM, Monday 31 January 2011 (Bernama)
— Traders along the Thai-Cambodian border have urged the governments
of Thailand and Cambodia to negotiate on resolving ongoing border
disputes and open temporary border passes, Thai News Agency reports on
Monday.

Traders said that the Ban Kruad Estate market that stands close to
the Thai-Cambodian border in Thailand』s Buri Ram province is currently
facing sluggish trading as mounting tensions continue over the border
between the two adjacent Kingdoms.

With sales recorded at its lowest in a decade, local traders have
voiced their fear that persisting tensions will bring even more severe
results to the local economy, urging that peace negotiations be held
quickly to restore bilateral relations and resume normal trading and
communication between the two neighbours.

Likewise, the Ban Klong Luek permanent border pass in Thailand’s
Aranyaprathet district remains quiet although with the Chinese New Year
approaching as both Thais and Cambodians have preferred to stay home
due to safety concerns.

Thai tourists have, too, become reluctant to cross over to the
Cambodian side to visit the ancient Angkor Wat temple, including the
former Khmer capital, Angkor Thom, with Cambodian traders showing less
confidence to do business at the Rong Klua market over on the Thai side.

Meanwhile, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who
supervises national security affairs, said in response to the latest
development along the Thai-Cambodian border that the local people
should not be worried for the situation has remained under control.

Suthep said that the army chiefs of both countries have agreed in
their discussions to avoid building up border tensions in accordance
with the Thai government’s policy on peaceful coexistence among
neighbours.

He also urged the Thai people along border to remain confident in
the Thai army, reiterating that authorities at all levels were ready to
protect the national sovereignty with efforts that would not fuel more
tensions.

 

MySinchew 2011.01.31

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