Preah Vihear talks postponed indefinitely

A setback for the border talks between Cambodia and Thailand; formal and informal talks have been postponed indefinitely due to the current political crisis in Thailand.

Cambodia says temple talks off due to crisis
Bangkok Post, 28 August 2008

Informal talks between Bangkok and Phnom Penh over disputed border areas were halted abruptly and scheduled formal talks postponed indefinitely amid political tension in Thailand, a Cambodian official said Thursday.

Defence Ministry Secretary of State Neang Phat said the Thai delegation arrived Wednesday in Siem Reap, 300 kilometres north of Phnom Penh, and the two sides had talked amicably before formal talks scheduled for Friday were abruptly cancelled.

“We had prepared all the documents,” Phat said. “Then a call came and they asked for the meeting to be delayed. They didn’t say why but we can assume. This is Thailand’s business, not ours.”


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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