REUTERS /Chor Southeast (Reuters)
BANGKOK, Oct 24 (TNA) – Thailand’s Prime Minister and his Cambodian counterpart Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed in Beijing to avoid their military confrontation along the border, according to the Thai foreign minister, on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).
The two national leaders held informal talks on their countries’ border skirmishes during their face to face meeting.
Thai foreign minister Sompong Amornvivat said the atmosphere of the two leaders’ meeting was amicable.
It not only eased border tensions, but it also strengthened the two countries’ relations and cooperation, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said.
Meanwhile, Thai and Cambodian military commanders met at the Regional Border Committee (RBC) held in Siem Reap on Friday.
Thailand’s Second Army commander, Lt-Gen. Wiboonsak Neepal, and Cambodia’s Fourth Army commander, Gen. Chea Mon held talks at the meeting, aiming to end the border dispute following the armed clash near Preah Vihear temple on October 16.
They agreed to avoid military confrontation for order and the well-being of residents along the border. Accordingly, Thailand and Cambodia agreed to exercise the utmost restraint. They also agreed to ease tensions at Ta Muan Thom temple and Ta Kwai temple in Surin peacefully.
The firefight left two Cambodian soldiers dead and seven Thai troops wounded, while one Thai paramilitary ranger died in hospital earlier this week. (TNA)