The Cambodian and Thai army chiefs on Mar. 28 pledged to build up good relations and cooperation between the two armies.

The promise was made in Cambodia during a 30-minute meeting between Gen. Pol Saroeun, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, and visiting Gen. Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Chief of Defence Forces of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.

In the meeting, Gen. Pol Saroeun suggested that both sides' armies put previous border clashes aside and look forward to building a border of peace, development and cooperation for the interests of the two peoples.

Gen. Thanasak Patimaprakorn agreed with the idea and asked for the Cambodian side’s good cooperation.

Cambodia and Thailand have had sporadic border conflict over territorial dispute near Preah Vihear temple since the UNESCO listed the temple as a World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008 and witnessed fierce clashes in February and April, 2011 during Thailand 's Democrat Party rule.

During the interval of waiting for the verdict interpretation, as Cambodia ’s request, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Cambodia and Thailand on July 18, 2011 to immediately withdraw their military personnel from the Provisional Demilitarized Zone (PDZ) and allow ASEAN observers (Indonesians) to access to the zone to monitor ceasefire.

Thanasak Patimaprakorn arrived in Cambodia on Mar. 28 morning to join the 9th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Informal Meeting (ACDFIM).-VNA