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Thailand and Cambodia agree to adjust military deployment at Preah Vihear area

Thailand and Cambodia agreed on Monday to adjust military deployement in the area around the Preah Vihear temple, Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Nam Hong said.

He did not elaborate how to adjust the military presence in the area.

The minister was speaking after holding talks with the Thai side for almost 12 hours in a hotel in Siem Reap province on Monday.

Source: The Nation

Thailand's Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag (L) and his Cambodian ...

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag (L) and his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong speaks during a news conference after their bilateral in Siem Reap July 28, 2008. The Thai and Cambodian foreign ministers held talks on Monday to try to defuse a row over a 900-year-old temple that has raised fears of a military clash between the southeast Asian neighbours.

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Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag, center left, arrives at a ...

Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag, center left, arrives at a meeting room for Thai-Cambodian negotiations in Siem Reap province, 230 kilometers (142 miles) northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, July 28, 2008. The foreign ministers of Cambodia and Thailand resumed negotiations Monday aimed at settling an armed standoff over disputed border territory near a historic Hindu temple.

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Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag,  left, arrives at a meeting ...

Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag, left, arrives at a meeting room for Thai-Cambodian negotiations in Siem Reap province, 230 kilometers (142 miles) northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, July 28, 2008. The foreign ministers of Cambodia and Thailand resumed negotiations Monday aimed at settling an armed standoff over disputed border territory near a historic Hindu temple.

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Thailand's Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag (R) is seen between ...

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag (R) is seen between his meetings with Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Namhong at a hotel in Siem Reap July 28, 2008. Thailand’s new foreign minister held talks with his Cambodian counterpart on Monday to defuse a row over a 900-year-old temple that has raised fears of a military clash between the southeast Asian neighbours.

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Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong tries to get past ...

Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Namhong tries to get past journalists between meetings with Thailand’s Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag at a hotel in Siem Reap July 28, 2008. Thailand’s new foreign minister held talks with his Cambodian counterpart on Monday to defuse a row over a 900-year-old temple that has raised fears of a military clash between the southeast Asian neighbours.

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Journalists wait for Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong ...

Journalists wait for Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and his Thai counterpart Tej Bunnag to hold a bilateral meeting at a hotel in Siem Reap July 28, 2008. Thailand’s new foreign minister held talks with his Cambodian counterpart on Monday to defuse a row over a 900-year-old temple that has raised fears of a military clash between the southeast Asian neighbours.

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Thailand's Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag, left, and his Cambodian ...

Thailand’s Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag, left, and his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong talk while having lunch during a break of their meeting at a hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia Monday, July 28, 2008. Cambodia and Thailand struggled Monday to settle a standoff over disputed border territory near an ancient Hindu temple that prompted both countries to deploy thousands of troops to the area.

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The attention of Preah Vihear issue drops

Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy shows his ink-stained ...Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen shows his ink-stained finger ...
Left: Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy shows his ink-stained finger after casting his ballot at polling station during the general election at Chan Moly pagoda in Bateay district, Kampong Cham province, about 50km from Phnom Penh July 27, 2008. (Nicolas Axelrod/Reuters)
Right: Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen shows his ink-stained finger to the media after casting his ballot during the general election at a polling station in Takmoa town in Kandal province, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, July 27, 2008. (Chor Sokunthea/Reuters)

The CPP of PM Hun Sen could win as many as 80 91 seats while SRP of Sam Rainsy will get around 40 26 seats. The HRP, NRP and Funcinpec will share the seats left. Preah Vihear will dominate the news again from tomorrow since the election is over and the 2nd meeting is also scheduled to take place in Siem Reap tomorrow.

Hor Namhong with Tej Bunnag during a meeting in Cambodia in 2004

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In an exclusive interview granted on Tuesday, 22 July, to Cambodge Soir
Hebdo and Kyodo, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong announced that the UN
Security Council [UNSC] would convene on Monday, 28 July, to deal with the
Preah Vihear dossier.

The Cambodian Government on 21 July officially requested the UN authority
to take into consideration this affair. The response did not delay. “We
did not want to reach there,” the minister pointed out. “We have, however,
been forced to request the UN intervention. If we did not act like that,
it would mean that Cambodia accepted de facto the occupation of its
territory by the Thai forces,” he added.

If the meeting on 28 July resulted in nothing, what would be Cambodia’s
recourse? “We could turn to the International Court of Justice,” answered
Hor Namhong. He insisted on the fact that his country wanted to make use
of everything to avoid an armed conflict.

The chief of diplomacy also waited to see what would be the attitude of
Thailand, which will officially take up the ASEAN leadership on 25 July.

Hor Namhong officially criticized Surin Pitsowan, the current ASEAN
secretary general and a former Thai foreign minister. The Cambodian
foreign minister criticized the lack of impartiality.

In a declaration to AFP, Surin Pitsowan said, “There is no concern to be
made. Thailand has experience and competence” to manage the crisis. This
small phrase prompted Hor Namhong to leap up and said, “The ASEAN
secretary general should work in the interest of all, not defend any
country in particular.”

[Description of Source: Phnom Penh Hebdo Cambodge Soir Online in French —
Website of the foreign-owned weekly independent newspaper that carries
domestic and world news. Domestic news articles occasionally carry
information critical of the government and government officials; URL:

http://www.cambodgesoir.info ]

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