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Thailand and Cambodia agree to avoid incident leading to conflict

SIEM REAP, Feb 4 —  Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to avoid
any incident that could eventually lead to conflict between the two
countries and will jointly build peace along their shared border.

The announcement followed talks between Thai Foreign Affairs Minister
Kasit Piromya and his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong in Siem Reap,
Cambodia, on the sidelines of the Thai-Cambodia Joint Commission (JC)
on bilateral cooperation meeting on Friday.

Mr Kasit also said that both sides also agreed to push for the
Thailand-Cambodia Joint Boundary Commission (JBC) meeting to be
convened as soon as possible to move on the demarcation talks to ease
tension between the two neighbouring countries.

“There is a lot of work to do together while waiting for the Thai
Parliament to approve three previous JBC meeting reports,” said Mr
Kasit.

The Thai Constitution requires that any agreement made with other countries must first gain parliamentary approval.

Mr Hor Namhong said arial photography to locate the demarcation posts
and an on-location survey by experts should be carried out in the
meantime.

He added that now 33 posts have been located, 15 posts are in dispute and 25 have still not been found.

Mr Kasit said they have also agreed not to exaggerate the dispute over
the flags at the Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda and not to incite their
people into misunderstandings or causing tensions.

Thailand earlier demanded that Cambodia remove both the Keo Sikha Kiri
Svara pagoda and the Cambodian flag flying over the pagoda gate, while
reasserting that the pagoda is on Thai territory. Thai troops also
erected a Thai national flag in the disputed area in response.

After the meeting, Mr Kasit visited Veera Somkwamkid, a coordinator of
the Thai Patriots Network and his secratary Ratree Pipatanapaiboon, who
were sentenced by a Cambodian court to eight and six years in jail
respectively for illegal entry, trespassing military zone and
espionage, and discuss with them what further help could be provided by
the Thai government. (MCOT online news)

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