Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thailand, Cambodia to discuss troop redeployment in December

People's Daily Online


BANGKOK, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Thai-Cambodian General Border Committee (GBC) meeting will be held in December in Cambodia to discuss in further detail the redeployment of military along both countries'border, Thailand's state-run media MCOT quoted Defence Minister Gen Yutthasak Sasiprapa as saying on Monday.

Related Thai authorities are waiting for Phnom Penh to confirm details of the talks, Gen Yutthasak said. The content that Thai delegations will bring up for the discussion has been already approved by the Parliament as required by Article 190 of the 2007 Constitution, he added.

In March following deadly clashes along the two countries' border, Cambodia asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to reconsider its 1962 verdict and to issue provisional measures during the reinterpretation. The court on July 18 ordered Thailand and Cambodia to withdraw their troops from the newly- defined demilitarized zone in a disputed area around the ancient Preah Vihear Temple.

Bangkok and Phnom Penh earlier agreed to follow the ICJ's order and will use the GBC as a platform to consider details in implementing the court's order.

The two neighboring countries share a common border of approximately 800 kilometers (500 miles) long but demarcation has never been fully completed. The 11th-century Preah Vihear has been the subject of age-old border dispute for decades. Although the ICJ awarded the Hindu temple to Cambodia in 1962, the dispute over area adjacent to the temple has never been solved.

Listing of the temple to Unesco's World Heritage Site in 2008 fueled tensions between the two countries, resulting in military build-up with sporadic skirmishes. The latest deadly clashes on Feb. 4-7 and Apr. 22-28, 2011, when both countries exchanged firing and shelling, caused loss of lives of civilian population and soldiers on both sides as well as massive evacuation of residents along the border.

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