Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to hold the general border committee (GBC) meeting late this month in order to strengthen cooperation on ensuring security for people living along the border area.

The spokesperson of the Thai Defence Ministry, Thanathip Saengsawang, said on May 21 that Defence Ministers of Thailand and Cambodia are expected to attend the meeting, which will take place earlier than the initial schedule of early June. However, the decision on the meeting venue has not yet been made.

Earlier, Cambodian Defence Minister Tea Banh said that border dispute settlement between the two countries has seen progress after talks between him and his Thai counterpart, Prawit Wongsuwon on the sidelines of the 5th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.

As soon as the Indonesian survey team arrives at the border near Preah Vihear temple, Cambodia will hold the GBC meeting with Thailand bilaterally without Indonesian presence, Tea Banh said.

The Thai side demanded Indonesia to issue an announcement about the dispatch of the survey team to the conflict border in proper time and suggested that the dress as civilians./.