Cambodia and Thailand on July 13 agreed to redeploy military
personnel in the Provisional Demilitarised Zone (PDZ) surrounding the
Preah Vihear Temple over the next few days.
The agreement was made during a meeting between Cambodian Prime Minister
Hun Sen and his visiting Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra,
according to Xinhua news agency, Yingluck approved Hun Sen’s troop
withdrawal proposal in order to comply with the International Court of
Justice (ICJ)’s order.
The meeting was also attended by defense ministers of Cambodia and Thailand , Tea Banh and Sukumpol Suwanatat.
Hun Sen said that the redeployment, which is of the will of both
Cambodia and Thailand , is very important to enhance the two
During the meeting, the
two sides also agreed to open two additional border gates of Ansek, near
the Preah Vihear Temple and Stungbot in Cambodia ’s Oddor
Meachey province to boost bilateral trade.
in Siem Reap to attend the US-ASEAN business forum at the invitation of
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, both Hun Sen and Yingluck
expressed their delight at the agreement, which will contribute to
easing tension and stabilising the stand-off in the countries that share
Earlier on July 12, Cambodian
Foreign Minister Hor Namhong announced that Cambodia will withdraw
some 486 military personnel from the PDZ surrounding the Preah
Vihear Temple on July 18, in order to comply with the ICJ's order
issued on July 18 last year.
Thailand have had sporadic border conflict over a territorial dispute
near Cambodia 's Preah Vihear temple since UNESCO listed the temple
as a World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008. Thailand claims ownership
of 4.6 square kilometres of scrub next to the temple.
Fierce clashes between the two sides' troops happened in February and
April 2011 during Thailand 's Democrat Party rule.
The ICJ ordered on July 18, 2011 that Cambodia and Thailand must
immediately withdraw their military personnel from the 17.3 square
kilometer PDZ and refrain from any armed activity directed at that zone.
Also, it ordered both parties to allow ASEAN observers to access the zone to monitor the ceasefire.-VNA