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08PHNOMPENH578 PREAH VIHEAR: TENSIONS STILL HIGH AS FACE-OFF CONTINUES

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“162428”,”7/17/2008 10:44″,”08PHNOMPENH578″,

“Embassy Phnom Penh”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,

“08BANGKOK2167″,”VZCZCXRO9616

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ZNY CCCCC ZZH

O 171044Z JUL 08

FM AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH

TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE

INFO RUEHBK/AMEMBASSY BANGKOK IMMEDIATE 2576

RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE

RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0085

RUCNASE/ASEAN MEMBER COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 0618″,”C O N F I D E N T I A L PHNOM PENH 000578

 

SIPDIS

 

PARIS PLEASE PASS TO US MISSION TO UNESCO

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/17/2010

TAGS: PREL, PGOV, UNESCO, SCUL, MOPS, PBTS, TH, CB

SUBJECT: PREAH VIHEAR: TENSIONS STILL HIGH AS FACE-OFF

CONTINUES

 

REF: BANGKOK 2167

 

Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Piper Campbell, for reasons 1.5

B and C

 

1. (C) Cambodian sources seemed increasingly anxious about

continued tension along the Thai-Cambodian border July 17. A

Cambodian official told the Ambassador that the RGC is

seeking a face-to-face meeting early next week. A senior

armed forces (RCAF) official text messaged the acting Defense

Attache late in the day to say that Cambodia was responding

to news of another 100 Thai military being deployed by

sending \”ten trucks of Cambodian gendarmes in full battle

gear\” to the area. In the early evening, the Council of

Ministers shared with diplomatic missions a copy of the text

of a letter from PM Hun Sen to PM Samak Sundaravej (text

produced below.) Embassy has urged minimizing the number of

troops sent to the area, noting that packing more people into

an already tense atmosphere is likely to augment tensions;

called on the RCAF to respond with professionalism and calm;

and highlighted the importance of both countries finding a

neighborly way out of this situation. Embassies Phnom Penh

and Bangkok have shared information during the course of the

day.

 

2. (SBU) BEGIN TEXT OF HUN SEN TO SAMAK LETTER

 

DEAR EXCELLENCY,

 

FIRST. I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE THANKS TO YOUR

EXCELLENCY AND I WAS VERY PLEASED TO TALK WITH YOU ON THE

TELEPHONE ON THE NIGHT OF 16 JULY 2008. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT

WE, REPRESENTATIVES OF OUR TWO STATES, HAVE STILL REAFFIRMED

THE ONGOING AND GOOD NEIGHBORLY RELATIONS AND LONG-LASTING

COOPERATION SO THAT WE COULD RESOLVE THE PROBLEM THROUGH

NEGOTIATIONS AS WELL AS SETTING THE MEETING SCHEDULE BETWEEN

YOUR EXCELLENCY AND HIS EXCELLENCY TEA BANH (NOTE: CAMBODIAN

MINISTER OF DEFENSE) ON 21 JULY 2008.

 

DURING OUR TELEPHONE CONVERSATION, I ASKED YOUR EXCELLENCY TO

ORDER THE WITHDRAWAL OF THAI TROOPS FROM THE AREA OF KEO

SIKHA KIRI SVARA PAGODA (CALLED PREAH VIHEAR PAGODA) NEAR THE

TEMPLE OF PREAH VIHEAR, SO THAT THE SITUATION COULD RETURN TO

THE STATUS PRIOR TO 15 JULY 2008.

 

UNFORTUNATELY, AS OF 17 JULY 2008 THE SITUATION IS WORSENING

DUE TO A CONTINUING INCREASE IN THE NUMBERS OF THAI MILITARY

INSIDE AND AROUND THE AREA OF KEO SIKHA KIRI SVARA PAGODA

(CALLED PREAH VIHEAR PAGODA) AND THE PRESENCE OF THAI

PROTESTERS.

 

THE DETERIORATING SITUATION IS VERY BAD FOR THE RELATIONS

BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES, AND, THEREFORE, I WOULD LIKE TO

ASK YOUR EXCELLENCY TO TAKE MEASURES TO EASE THE TENSIONS AND

ORDER THE THAI TROOPS TO WITHDRAW FROM THE AREA OF KEO SIKHA

KIRI SVARA PAGODA (CALLED PREAH VIHEAR PAGODA) NEAR PREAH

VIHEAR TEMPLE. THESE TROOPS HAVE ENCROACHED ON OUR TERRITORY

ON 15 JULY 2008, AND HAVE SINCE INCREASED IN NUMBERS RATHER

THAN WITHDRAWING.

 

PLEASE ACCEPT, YOUR EXCELLENCY, THE ASSURANCES OF MY HIGHEST

CONSIDERATIONS.

 

SIGNED AND STAMPED

 

HUN SEN

PRIME MINISTER

KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA

 

17 JULY

 

END TEXT.

 

MUSSOMELI

Written by thaicables

July 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

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