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Thai PM: No surprise that Cambodia not attending JBC meeting

BANGKOK, Feb 13 — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said
Sunday he was not surprised that Cambodia planned not to attend a
Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission (JBC), scheduled for later this
month aimed at solving border dispute between the two neighbouring
countries.

Mr Abhisit said refusal by Phnom Penh to attend the planned JBC upcoming
meeting did not surprise him because it could be an excuse for Cambodia
to inform the UN Security Council meeting that it is impossible to
adopt bilateral mechanisms in solving the border dispute with Thailand.

Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya, along with his Cambodian
counterpart Hor Namhong and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty
Natalegawa, the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN), are scheduled to attend a UN Security Council meeting
to be held in New York on Monday.

The New York meeting will help Thailand clarify to the international
community about bloody fighting between troops of the two countries at
the disputed border near the ancient Preah Vihear temple from February 4
to 7.

 Stressing that he has not yet received an official letter from the
Phnom Penh government that it would not attend the JBC meeting, Mr
Abhisit said the Thai government’s stance remains unchanged that the
border problem with Cambodia must be resolved through bilateral talks
and this would be possible if every (concerned) agencies agree to it.

Cambodia’s plans to boycott the JBC meeting became clear after Var
Kimhong, president of Cambodia’s JBC, reportedly told the Chinese Xinhua
News Agency on Saturday that there would be no meeting of the JBC later
this month and that bilateral mechanisms cannot resolve the issue.

On UNESCO officials planning to inspect area around Preah Vihear temple,
Mr Abhisit said the agency had not yet sent him a letter requesting its
officials to travel to the area.

He said the Thai government is prepared to inform all the facts
surrounding the disputed temple to every platform but situation could
become deteriorated if they (UNESCO officials) insist on travelling to
the area.

Mr Abhisit had earlier in the day said during his weekly TV and radio
address that both UNESCO and its World Heritage Commission should cease
considering a management plan for Preah Vihear temple, submitted by
Phnom Penh and scheduled to be considered in the middle of this year, in
order to help cool tensions. (MCOT online news)

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