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Thai army urges PAD to reconsider Preah Vihear protests

Written By vibykhmer on Sunday, September 13, 2009 | 11:00 PM

Monday, September 14, 2009
ABC Radio Australia

The Thai army has urged the Thai People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) to reconsider planned demonstrations this Saturday, at the Preah Vihear temple.

The PAD is calling for the eviction of Cambodian soldiers and villagers, who are occupying disputed land near the site of the ancient temple.

A Thai army spokesman has told the Nation newspaper that the conflict should be solved through peaceful talks between the Cambodian and Thai authorities.

Thai foreign minister Kasit Primya has also questioned the need for the protest.

He says his government wants to maintain good relations with Cambodia, and would emply peaceful means to resolve claims over the area.

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