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Cambodia, Thailand agree on troop withdrawal

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Cambodia and Thailand have agreed to redeploy their troops from the disputed border area, a move to comply with the order of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) dated July 18, 2011.

At the 8 th meeting of the Cambodia-Thailand General Border Committee, Cambodian Defence Minister Tea Banh and his Thai counterpart Yuthasak Sasiprapha agreed to establish a joint working group to discuss issues relating to the implementation of the ICJ order for the provisional demilitarised zone.

Minister Tea Banh said the group will work out details on how to withdraw military personnel “completely and simultaneously” from their current positions under observation by a Joint Observers Team of Cambodians, Thais and Indonesians.

Meanwhile, Minister Sasiprapha said the two sides have yet to fix the date for the complete withdrawal of troops, but would make every effort to conduct the pullout at the earliest.

He added that the freshly-reached agreement must be approved by the Thai Government and Parliament before becoming effective.

The two sides also agreed to hold the 9 th meeting of the Cambodia-Thailand General Border Committee in Thailand in 2012./.
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