Cambodian and Thai armies have agreed on an unconditional ceasefire to end a recent series of armed clashes at the disputed border area.

The agreement was reached at a 45-minute meeting on April 28 at the O'smach border guard post in Oddar Meanchey province between Maj. Gen. Chea Mon, Commander of Cambodian Military Region 4 and Lieut. Gen. Thawatchai Samutsakorn, Commander of Thai Army Region 2.

Phay Siphan, spokesperson of the Office of the Council of Ministers of Cambodia said that the two sides agreed to reopen the border checkpoint at the site to encourage local people to return home.

"After the meeting, the two sides agreed that there will not be renewed fighting and if there is any important issue between the two sides, they promise to meet and solve issues peacefully," said a Cambodian military source after the meeting.

The talks were made after seven consecutive days of gunfire exchanges between Cambodian and Thai troops that claimed lives of eight Cambodian soldiers, five Thai soldiers, and one Thai civilian, injured 40 others, and forced 50,000 people from the two countries to flee home for safe shelters./.