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JBC border talks to be discussed in the parliament this month

Written By vibykhmer on Monday, September 7, 2009 | 4:47 PM

Mon, September 7, 2009
The Nation

The Parliament is expected to consider negotiation documents for the Thai-Cambodian Joint Commission on Demarcation for Land Boundary (JBC) within this month, Thai Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Last week, the parliament approved the framework for negotiation of Thailand-Cambodia General Border Commission (GBC) to provide security and order in the border area.

The JBC, a responsive mechanism for boundary demarcation is under the Foreign Ministry while the GBC, which takes care of general security along the border, is under the Defense Ministry.

It was widely misunderstood in many media which reported last week that the JBC had been approved by the parliament.

Democrat MP Kraisak Choonhavan told Cambodian media, Phnom Penh Post, last week that the national assembly approved solutions to technical and other issues surrounding the border demarcation.

"A majority of parliamentarians approved the reports of the Cambodian-Thai Joint Boundary Commission this morning (September 2)," Kraisak was quoted by the Post as referring to the bilateral body that has met three times since November.

Thai foreign ministry spokesman Thani Tongpakdi said the ministry is still waiting for the parliament's consideration on the issues.

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