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Foreign Affairs Minister Hopes to Defuse Tension over Preah Vihear Controversy

Written By vibykhmer on Friday, September 11, 2009 | 2:42 AM

1 September 2009
Thai-ASEAN News Network

The second Army Region Commander claims there have been no outbreaks of violence at the disputed border area near the Preah Vihear temple. Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Minister is scheduled to visit the controversial area on Sunday.

Second Army Region Commander Lieutenant General Wiboonsak Neepan, revealed that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had a talk with him yesterday about the latest developments at the disputed area near the Preah Vihear temple. He said the talk focused on how troops are deployed to control the situation in the area.

The 2nd Army Region Commander added that all military officers have strong moral support. In addition, he said he recently held a meeting with Cambodia's local Army Commander, Lieutenant Gia Mon, to discuss an invasion of Cambodian people who cut some trees in Thailand's forest area. He said a harsh penalty will be pressed on those who broke the law, as Thailand has strong evidence on the issue.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya is scheduled to visit the controversial border area near the Preah Vihear temple on Sunday.

Lieutenant General Wiboonsak added that the number of military personnel stationed near the border will remain in the area. However, he stated the number may be cut soon if no violence breaks out.

Thailand and Cambodia both claim sovereignty over the disputed area, which has led to flare-ups of tension at the controversial border.

Thailand lost the ownership of the Hindu prasat to its eastern neighbouring country after the International Court of Justice ruled in favour of the counter party in 1962 in the Netherlands.

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