The foreign ministers of Cambodia and Thailand agreed on a package solution proposed by the Indonesian FM, to settle the border conflict between the two countries during a tripartite meeting on May 9 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

According to the solution, once Thailand approves the terms of reference (TOR) for the deployment of an Indonesian Observer Team (IOT) to the disputed border area, the announcement of the meetings of the General Border Committee (GBC) and Cambodia-Thailand Joint Commission on Demarcation of Land Boundary (JBC) will be made.

Five days after Thailand sends the letter of acceptance of TOR to the Indonesian FM, Indonesia as ASEAN chair, will send an IOT Survey Team to the disputed border area, while GBC and JBC will resume their meetings.

Ten days after Thailand sends the letter of acceptance of TOR, Indonesia will send all IOT to the border, and at the same time there will be an assessment of the GBC and JBC meeting results.

The three FMs agreed to seek their respective governments’ approval of the package solution as soon as possible.

On the occasion, Cambodian FM Hor Namhong reiterated Prime Minister Hun Sen’s stance, in which the GBC and JBC meetings concerning Preah Vihear Temple area must be held in the presence of Indonesia, while those concerning other areas such as Ta Moan and Ta Krabey Temples can be done bilaterally in Cambodia or Thailand./.