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Cambodia-Thai Trade Exhibition to go ahead despite conflict: Cambodian PM

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on
Tuesday said that the Cambodia-Thailand Trade Exhibition to be held on
Feb. 17-20 will go ahead as scheduled despite military confrontation at
the border disputed area near the 11th century temple between the two
countries’ troops.

“Trades with Thailand are still normal,”he
said during opening the construction of a 144 km road in Banteay
Meanchey province.

He said that a Thai deputy prime minister will come to Phnom Penh to open the expo.

“We have to continue cooperation on all other sectors with Thailand,
the area that has disputed, we resolve at that area and contain it from
spreading further,”he said, adding “we have a policy to turn all
Cambodian borders with neighboring countries to be a border of peace,
friendship and cooperation.”

Jiranan Wongmongkol, director of
the Thai embassy’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office in Phnom Penh,
confirmed Tuesday that Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Trairong
Suwankiri, will make a one-day visit to Phnom Penh to attend the
exhibition on Feb. 17 and he is also scheduled to meet with Prime
Minister Hun Sen.

“We have already prepared for the exhibition–everything is on schedule,” she said.

The annual Thailand Trade Fair 2011 in
Phnom Penh from Feb. 17- 20 will be held at the Diamond Island’s
convention hall in Phnom Penh. It’s expected about 150 Thai companies
and about 25 Cambodian companies will display their products in the
event.

Bilateral trades between Cambodia and Thailand mounted
to 2.54 million U.S. dollars in 2010, up 54 percent from 1.65 billion
U.S. dollars in a year earlier, according to the statistics from Thai
embassy in Phnom Penh.

Of the sum, Cambodia exported to
Thailand was only 214.7 million U.S. dollars and Thailand exported to
Cambodia worth up to 2.34 billion U.S. dollars last year.

Cambodia and Thailand have had border conflict after Cambodia’s Preah
Vihear temple was enlisted as World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.

The conflict is due to Thai claim of the ownership of 1.8 square miles
(4.6 sq km) of scrub next to the temple, triggering a military build-up
along the border, and periodic clashes between Cambodian and Thai
soldiers have resulted in the deaths of troops on both sides.

The latest clashes on Feb. 4-7, unleashed a barrage of artillery shells
on both sides of the border, killed at least 10 people and injured 53
people of both sides, according to latest reports. Tens of thousands of
the two countries’ villagers nearby the disputed areas fled for safe
shelters.

The United Nations Security Council on Monday urged
Cambodia and Thailand to display maximum restraint and to establish a
permanent cease-fire. It also expressed support for the active efforts
of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in this matter
and encouraged the parties to continue their cooperation with the
organization.

Source: Xinhua

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