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Cambodia launches an ultimatum to Thailand to remove all barbed wires from Phnom Trop and borderline by 10 August

Written By vibykhmer on Sunday, August 9, 2009 | 6:56 PM


08 August 2009
By Sopheak
Khmer Sthabna news

Translated from Khmer by Socheata

Following the negotiation meetings between high level Cambodian and Thai army officers on 06-07 August regarding Thailand’s construction of concrete fences and the installation of barbed wires at Phnom Trop zone and along the border, Thailand is currently removing these concrete fences and barbed wires out of the disputed zone.

A RAFC officer indicated on 08 August that Thai troops are removing the 2-meter high concrete fence and the barbed wires installed at Phnom Trop after Cambodia launched an ultimatum for them to do so by 10 August.

General Chhum Socheat, spokesman of the Cambodian ministry of Defense, said that, following the 2-day negotiations (06-07 August), Thai troops stationed in Phnom Trop agreed to the order to remove the barbed wires and the concrete fences they built.

General Chhum Socheat confirmed that Thai troops have already removed some out already because they affect the border and nobody is allowed to do anything there yet.

General Srey Doek, commander of Cambodian battalion 3, stationed in Preah Vihear temple, indicated that Thai troops removed almost everything out already as of today (08 August).

The construction of the concrete fences and the installation of barbed wires by Thai troops in Phnom Trop and along the disputed border areas affect the 2000 MOU between Thailand and Cambodia.

It has been more than one year that Thailand’s aggression on Cambodia started and up to now, Thai troops have not all pulled out yet.



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