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Thai PM Chairs Video Conference On Thai-Cambodian Border Situation

BANGKOK, Feb 11 (Bernama) — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva
chaired a video conference at Government House in Bangkok Friday
morning to discuss with authorities concerned and to be briefed on the
updated situation along the Thai-Cambodian border.

Thai News Agency (TNA) reported that the hardships of local people
in Thailand’s northeastern Si Sa Ket and nearby Surin Provinces who
have been affected by a spate of clashes between Thai and Cambodian
soldiers — which erupted on February 4 were also highlighted.

The prime minister vowed that his government will provide full
assistance and support to the affected Thai villagers in both Si Sa Ket
and Surin Provinces and to Thai troops protecting the national
territory and sovereignty.

The Thai premier also promised that his administration will
accelerate seeking resolutions to pending border issues between
Thailand and Cambodia.

Abhisit was reported to have said that in Si Sa Ket, some 12,000
border villagers were evacuated to 36 temporary shelters and about 30
houses were damaged and in Surin, some 8,000 border villagers were also
evacuated to temporary shelting centres as precaution.

Authorities who attended the one-hour meeting include Thai Foreign
Minister Kasit Piromya, Thai Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan
and Thai Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul, as well as Si Sa Ket
and Surin governors.

General Prawit acknowledged that the Thai military has not
resorted to aggressive means, but it is always ready to take
appropriate steps to defend the national sovereignty and territory
while ensuring the safety of civilians living along the border.

Foreign Minister Kasit reiterated that his ministry will continue
to seek an end of the pending border problems with Cambodia through
negotiations, as Thailand has been firm on a national policy on
bringing back peace to the common border.


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