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Cambodia, Thailand agree on provisional arrangements for border issue

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Phnom Penh (VNA) – After three-day negotiations, Cambodia and Thailand have agreed on some provisional arrangements that would pave the way for resolving the long-running border disputes concerning sovereinty claims over Preah Vihear temple.

The agreements, reached following talks between Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and his Thai counterpart Sompong Amornvivat in the Cambodian resort town of Siem Reap, include joint mine clearance at the temple area and starting border demarcation using the 1904 map by the French colony from areas near the temple first.

Speaking at a press conference after a meeting, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said legal experts from both sides will meet in January 2009 to measure the border for planting border posts, according to news agencies.

But it is not clear yet how soon those tasks could begin because the Thai side will first have to submit documents for approval of Thailand’s Parliament.

He added both sides had also agreed to withdraw troops from the Keo Sihka Kiri Svara pagoda and its surrounding areas and the areas near the Preah Vihear temple.

Cambodia and Thailand have 790-km-long border line, with only 73 border posts which were planted in 1907.

Tensions between the two countries have been simmering since July this year when the 900-year-old temple was granted World Heritage status by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Culture Organisation (UNESCO).

Following the breakdown of a round of talks last month, troops from the two countries clashed on the disputed land on October 15, killing two Cambodian soldiers and injuring seven Thais.-

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