Cambodian, Thai FMs Hold Bilateral Meeting

image010Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Hor image011Namhong and his Thai counterpart H.E. Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn held a bilateral talk this morning in Phnom Penh.

During the meeting, both top diplomats exchanged views under the spirit of good neighborliness and the discussions mainly focused on preparations for the meetings of the Cambodia-Thailand Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation and the Joint Committee on Border Area Development and Connectivity scheduled to be held in early 2015, said H.E. Koy Kuong, Spokesperson of the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Both sides also examined the possibility to resume the long-postponed General Border Committee Meeting in order to transform the common border into an area of peace and development, he pointed out.

Besides, he added, the two top diplomats discussed the opening of four new international border gates, including Ansess, Phnom Dei, Thmada, and Chup Koki border gates, which will further boost the goods exchange and tourism cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

Regarding the case of Cambodian people who cross the border for forest products or illegal logging in Thailand, H.E. Hor Namhong explained to his Thai counterpart that they do not know that the location is on Cambodia’s or Thailand’s territory. He thus asked the Thai side not to shoot the perpetrators, but to use legal measure against them.

In reply, the Thai foreign minister affirmed that a joint committee had been established to conduct investigations into the cases (shooting Cambodian loggers).

In addition, to prevent the illegal border crossing, both sides agreed to crack down on the brokers who bring Cambodian workers to work illegally in Thailand.

H.E. Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn arrived in Cambodia on Oct. 29 for a two-day visit.

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