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08BANGKOK2428 THAI-CAMBODIAN DISPUTE OVER PREAH VIHEAR: BILATERAL MEETINGS AIM TO DEFUSE TENSIONS

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“Embassy Bangkok”,”CONFIDENTIAL”,”08STATE78884″,

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STATE FOR EAP/MLS; PARIS PASS USMISSION UNESCO

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/13/2018

TAGS: PREL, MOPS, TH, CB

SUBJECT: THAI-CAMBODIAN DISPUTE OVER PREAH VIHEAR:

BILATERAL MEETINGS AIM TO DEFUSE TENSIONS

 

REF: STATE 78884

 

Classified By: DCM James F. Entwistle, reason 1.4 (b) and (d).

 

1. (C) Summary and Comment: Meetings between Thai and

Cambodian regional military commanders in Thailand\’s Surin

Province August 13 and between Foreign Ministers planned

August 18-19 in Hua Hin indicate bilateral efforts to reduce

tensions in the spat over the territory near the Khmer Preah

Vihear temple are underway. We continue to believe that the

Preah Vihear dispute is one best solved bilaterally by

Thailand and Cambodia within the framework of the 2000

Thai-Cambodian Memorandum of Understanding To Survey and

Demarcate the Land Boundary (MOU), and do not recommend

additional U.S. steps, beyond our current position of urging

both sides to exercise restraint and work together to reach a

compromise (reftel). End Summary and Comment.

 

First Military Regional Commanders…

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2. (U) Thailand\’s Second Army Area Commanding General LTG

Suchit Sitthiprapha hosted his Cambodian counterpart, 4th

Region Commanding General LTG Temon, August 13 in Surin

Province; the intended focus of the meeting was the

repositioning of troops from the contested border area

adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple, according to press

reports. Suchit and Temon issued a joint statement mid-day,

agreeing that both sides would reduce the number of soldiers

near the temple to an equal number in the near future,

without providing further details of how many and when.

 

…to be followed by Foreign Ministers

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3. (SBU) Thai FM Tej Bunnag will host his Cambodian

counterpart Hor Namhong in Hua Hin August 18-19 to advance

diplomatic efforts to address the dispute. The Thai MFA\’s

East Asia division told us that the focus of the meetings

would be on two issues of immediate concern: redeployment by

both sides of troops still essentially co-located in the

disputed area, and the issuance of documents to be used as

common terms of reference by both sides. These documents

would facilitate further discussion at technical levels

(i.e., within the Joint Boundary Commission). FM Tej would

confirm at the August 18-19 meetings that border disputes

between Thailand and Cambodia should be solved amicably and

peacefully by the two countries, according to the MFA.

JOHN

Written by thaicables

July 18, 2011 at 6:55 am

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