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PM urges Thai border talks

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday warned that Thailand needed to respect
the role of Indonesia in helping to resolve an ongoing border dispute
between Cambodia and Thailand, after the Thai parliament on Friday
delayed approval of the latest round of border talks between the two
countries.
Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at the Institute of National Education in Phnom Penh Yesterday. Photo by: Pha Lina
Speaking to about 2,000 students at a graduation
ceremony at the Institute of National Education, Hun Sen said that
Thailand had been recalcitrant toward the instruction of the United
Nations Security Council which last month appointed Indonesia to
intervene in the border dispute near Preah Vihear temple.

“Thailand has to take responsibility in front of the [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] and the UNSC,” said Hun Sen.

“[The]
Cambodian Government has had an absolute determination for preparing to
go to [Indonesia] and it is a matter of Thailand if it will go or not.”

Indonesia,
the current chair of ASEAN, called for a meeting of the Thai-Cambodia
General Border Committee – which deals with defence issues, and the
bilateral Joint Border Committee in Bogor Indonesia on March 24-25 –
but later postponed the meeting until April 7-8.

Following
clashes near the Preah Vihear temple in February that left at least 10
people dead and dozens injured, Thailand and Cambodia also agreed to
accept a team of Indonesian observers to the disputed border area
adjacent to the temple.

Thai military officials including army
chief Prayuth Chan-ocha have since expressed opposition to these
meetings, and denied acceptance of military observers from Indonesia.

“[The
Thai] foreign minister said they should go. [The Thai] prime minister
also said they should go but [the Thai] army chief had said they
shouldn’t. However, it is up to Thailand,” said Hun Sen at the
ceremony.
“They shouldn’t be afraid of a third party that is coming to monitor.”

Hun
Sen added that the government had already prepared a safety bunker,
five vehicles, radio communications and hotel accommodation in Phnom
Penh for Indonesian military observers.

Ministry of Foreign
Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong said yesterday that Cambodia has not yet
received an official letter of confirmation from Thailand.

“[Thailand] has remained unclear,” said Koy Kuong.

Thani Thongphakdi, spokesman for the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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