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Thailand, Cambodia insist on peaceful solutions to border issues

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BANGKOK, Feb 15 – Thai and Cambodian military authorities had their 21st Regional Border Committee (RBC) Meeting here Thursday, during which they agreed to stick to peaceful solutions on border issues for mutual interest, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

The meeting, co-chaired by Commander of Thailand’s First Army Area Command, Lieutenant General Paiboon Khumchaya, and Commander of Cambodia’s Fifth Military Sector, General Bun Seng, saw both sides discussed solutions to pending border issues and cooperation to support formation of the Asean Community and then came out with the agreement.

CAMBODIA_THAILAND_C_572101fBoth the Thai and Cambodian military commanders will, on Feb 15, sign the memorandum of agreements in accordance with the Thai-Cambodian memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in 2000. The MoU covers the issues on demarcation, location of Thai and Cambodian contact points along the common border, solutions to the illegal logging of Siamese rosewood on the Thai side, suppression on the smuggling of narcotic precursors, paddy and human trafficking and solutions to their unclear borderline.

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The two sides will then report the conclusions of 21st the RBC Meeting to an upper Thai-Cambodian border committee.

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