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08BANGKOK2487 THAI CAMBODIAN BORDER DISPUTE: FOREIGN MINISTERS AGREE ON INTERIM MEASURES

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STATE FOR EAP/MLS

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/20/2018

TAGS: PREL, PGOV, TH

SUBJECT: THAI CAMBODIAN BORDER DISPUTE: FOREIGN MINISTERS

AGREE ON INTERIM MEASURES

 

REF: A. BANGKOK 2464

B. STATE 86724

C. BANGKOK 2428

D. PHNOM PENH 679

 

Classified By: Charge D\’Affaires James F. Entwistle, reasons 1.4 (b) an

d (d)

 

1. (C) Summary: In a August 19 meeting the Thai and Cambodian

Foreign Ministers agreed on measures designed to provide for

a way forward in dealing with the disputed Preah Vihear

temple. As previewed by Thai MFA officials last week, the

two sides agreed to reduce the number of troops in the area

around the temple, recommended scheduling the next Joint

Border Committee (JBC) meeting in October to discuss

surveying and demarcating the disputed area, and to begin

discussions regarding the Ta Moan temple. The two sides were

unable, however, to come to an agreement on mechanisms to

move forward on dealing with the Cambodian settlement located

within the disputed area. End Summary.

 

2. (C) Thai Foreign Minister Tej Bunnag and Cambodian Foreign

Minister Hor Namhong agreed to a series of measures during

their August 18-19 meeting regarding the disputed Preah

Vihear temple. While the measures do not set out a path to

resolve the dispute, they do provide for provide for

mechanisms to relieve tension and to facilitate further

talks. Thai MFA Deputy Spokesperson Thani Thongphakdi told

us that the bilateral talks are an ongoing process but that

both sides had demonstrated more flexibility in trying to

accommodate each sides\’ limitations in their negotiating

positions.

 

AGREEMENT TO PROCEED THROUGH BORDER COMMITTEES

——————————————— –

 

3. (C) The two foreign ministers agreed to convene August 29

in Cambodia a meeting of the Regional Border Committee (RBC)

to discuss the second phase of troop redeployment out of the

Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda in the temple. The Thai MFA

confirmed to us that Royal Thai Army Second Area Commander

Lieutenant General Sujit Sitthiprapa would lead the Thai

delegation at the RBC meeting. The two sides also agreed to

recommend to their governments that the next meeting of the

Joint Border Committee (JBC) be held the first week of

October. The foreign ministers also recommended that legal

experts join the JBC to discuss a plan to demarcate the

disputed area at Preah Vihear and to discuss the Ta Moan

temple (Ref D). The foreign ministers would meet again after

the JBC meeting. As such, the end result of the foreign

ministers\’ meeting was an endorsement of the JBC as the

primary mechanism to resolve the dispute.

 

4. (C) As explained to us earlier by Thai MFA officials (Ref

A.), the Constitutional Court\’s interpretation of Article 190

of the Thai Constitution compels the MFA to seek approval

from Thai government for this interim agreement. Media

reports indicate that the interim agreement will go to the

Cabinet next week and afterwards to the Parliament for

approval.

 

5. (C) Jakrit Srivali, speechwriter for FM Tej, attended the

meeting and told us that despite both sides\’ demonstrated

flexibility during the meeting, the foreign ministers were

unable to agree on a provisional arrangement that would lay

out a framework for the redeployment of troops or to direct

the JBC to address the Cambodian settlement near the disputed

temple (Ref A.) As reported reftel, this settlement has

become a key issue for the RTG as the Thai consider it to be

a breach of the 2000 MOU on the survey and demarcation of the

land Thai-Cambodia boundary. As such, the provisional

arrangement remains a sticking point for the foreign

ministers.

ENTWISTLE

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July 18, 2011 at 6:59 am

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