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08PHNOMPENH840 CAMBODIA PREPARING FOR DOWNGRADED THAI VISIT; STILL FOCUSED ON BORDER ISSUES

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“173370”,”10/10/2008 11:40″,”08PHNOMPENH840″,

“Embassy Phnom Penh”,

“UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY”,

“08PHNOMPENH814″,”VZCZCXRO3216

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SENSITIVE

SIPDIS

 

STATE FOR EAP/MLS, P, D

NSC FOR L. PHU

 

E.O. 12958: N/A

TAGS: PREL, KTIA, MOPS, TH, CB

SUBJECT: CAMBODIA PREPARING FOR DOWNGRADED THAI VISIT;

STILL FOCUSED ON BORDER ISSUES

 

REF: PHNOM PENH 814

 

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED.

 

1. (SBU) Cambodian officials learned late October 10 that

the Thai Prime Minister has postponed his official visit to

Cambodia originally scheduled for October 12-13.

Nonetheless, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) is

awaiting the visit of Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign

Minister Sompong Amornvivat, who was apparently delegated by

the Thai PM to make the visit. MFA note verbales from the RGC

announcing official arrival times of the Thai PM\’s delegation

had already been issued when the news of the official

postponement arrived. The Thai embassy\’s first secretary had

just received the word himself and could only speculate that

internal Thai matters had detained the PM at home.

 

2. (SBU) Senior Minister and RGC Chair of the Joint Border

Commission Var Kimhong told A/DCM that RGC Deputy Prime

Minister Hor Namhong would receive his counterpart the

morning of October 13 and that the RGC planned to raise

bilateral border issues. No follow-on meetings had yet been

planned; Var Kim Hong noted any detailed talks on the

Thai-Cambodian border would depend on what transpired between

the two foreign ministers.

 

3. (SBU) The talks come as both sides begin again to ramp

up troop presence along Cambodia\’s northern border with

Thailand in several patches of disputed territory along the

Dangrek Range. The most prominent of these disputed areas is

near to the ancient Khmer Preah Vihear temple awarded to

Cambodia by the International Court of Justice in 1962 and

designated a UNESCO World Heritage site last July 7. A brief

clash on October 3 and the serious injury of two Thai

soldiers from mine blasts on October 6 have contributed to

tensions along the border. (NOTE: In 2007, 357 Cambodians

suffered casualties from mine blasts and the vast majority of

these occurred in the northwestern and northern provinces

which were heavily mined by Khmer Rouge forces up until their

surrender in the Preah Vihear area in 1998. Tourists to

Preah Vihear who wander off into the surrounding landscape

have also suffered mine injuries, due to lack of knowledge by

RGC authorities of Khmer Rouge mine fields and incomplete

clearance of old mines. END NOTE.)

CAMPBELL

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July 19, 2011 at 6:01 am

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