Talks progressing, Cambodia puts blame on Thailand for latest altercation

Some progress has been reported at the latest round of talks between Thailand and Cambodia, but the Cambodian press places the blame for the latest firefight firmly on Thailand.

Cambodia, Thailand say progress made in border talks
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 07 April 2009

Thais at fault in fatal border shooting: govt
The Phnom Penh Post, 07 April 2009

“The Thais have to understand international law,” Var Kimhong said before the two days of discussions that, although scheduled before Friday’s fighting, are likely to be dominated by the bloody shootout that left at least three Thai troops dead.

“I would like to say that the accident last week occurred because the Thais did not respect international law,” Var Kimhong said, adding that one of the aims of the talks was to reach agreement on redeploying soldiers away from a pagoda near Preah Vihear temple that has been a flashpoint for conflict in the past.

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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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