>Minister: Cambodia-Thailand trade to be normal soon

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PHNOM PENH, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) — Cambodian Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh said Sunday that the trade between Cambodia and Thailand would be normal soon after a deadly clash at the border.

The armed clash did not impact the economic field for both sides, Cham Prasidh (pictured) told reporters at the airport after returning from China.

“It is nearly normal. It was not a war yet,” he added.

“The Thai side is not crazy to escape from Cambodian market. Cambodia is a main market for Thai products,” he said, adding that Cambodia also can make business with others countries.

The Cambodian government has called for calm following last week’s border clash that has resulted in the deaths of three Cambodian soldiers and a Thai trooper.

Regional border committees of Cambodia and Thailand on Friday signed an agreement to ease their months-long tension along the border near the 900-year-old Preah Vihear Temple.

In July, tensions ran high after the Preah Vihear Temple was awarded world heritage status by UNESCO, angering nationalists in Thailand who still claim ownership of the site.

The tension later turned into a military stalemate, in which up to 1,000 Cambodian and Thai troops faced off for several weeks.

Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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