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Thailand affirms bilateral means to solving border conflict

BANGKOK, Feb 20 – Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya reaffirmed
Thailand’s stance to solving Thai-Cambodian dispute at a bilateral
level at the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
foreign ministers meeting in Indonesia due to be held on February 22.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday afternoon called a
meeting with Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, Defence Minister Prawit
Wongsuwon and Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha to discuss Thailand’s stance
at the upcoming ASEAN foreign ministers meeting.

After the one-hour meeting, Mr Kasit said that he would affirm
solutions to border conflict through existing bilateral mechanisms
between Thailand and Cambodia, particularly Thai-Cambodian Joint
Boundary Commission (JBC), General Border Committee (GBC) and Cambodian
Regional Border Committee (RBC) after the UN Security Council (UNSC)
recommended bilateral talks to end Thai-Cambodian dispute facilitated
by ASEAN.

“At the meeting on Tuesday in Jakarta, I will insist that Thailand
is ready to use the bilateral mechanism that already exists with
Cambodia,” Mr Kasit said after the meeting.

He said he would clarify at the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting,
that progress has been made in the committees meetings and Thailand
would continue solving the dispute as suggested by the UNSC.

Thailand sent a letter to invite Cambodia to attend the JBC meeting
in Bangkok scheduled to be held later this month and under the JBC
framework, Thai defence minister will send a letter to Cambodian Deputy
Prime Minister and Defence Minister Tea Banh to ask Cambodia to host
another JBC meeting.

He hoped that the JBC meeting will be held and defence ministers of
the two countries can discuss how to prevent border skirmishes.

Thailand will propose that Indonesia, the current ASEAN chair, send
observers to accompany Thai army forces at the border to witness the
situation and to ensure the ceasefire will be permanent. He said
Thailand affirmed to have the ASEAN chair to facilitate negotiation
processes.

Mr Kasit also said signing of a ceasefire agreement is not necessary
because the existing JBC mechanism and issuing of statement by the two
countries are integral to several processes meant to address the border
situation.  (MCOT online news)

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