The Thailand-Cambodia Regional Border Committee (RBC) ended its one-day meeting Wednesday with a mutual agreement to strengthen cooperation between the military forces on both sides in order to maintain border security, Thailand’s Second Army Region Commander LtGeneral Thawatchai Samutsakorn said.
The two sides also discussed the issue of withdrawing troops in line with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling and allowing a team of observers from Indonesia to be stationed at the borders, but did not make any decisions because they are policy matters. “We touched on the issue of troop withdrawal and the observers, but it is up to the governments to make the decision,” he said.
The question of withdrawing troops from the area adjacent to Preah Vihear Temple, which the ICJ has said is a demilitarised zone, will be discussed again at a meeting of the General Border Committee (GBC) due in Phnom Penh next month, he said.
The GBC, cochaired by the defence ministers of Thailand and Cambodia, has the authority to make a decision on whether or not to withdraw troops.
The RBC, on the other hand, is a joint mechanism in which commanders of the two countries can consult each other over technical issues related to border security.
On Wednesday, both sides discussed measures to strengthen cooperation in the trafficking of narcotics along the border, supporting police on transborder crime suppression as well as supporting development projects to boost the local standard of living, Thawatchai said.
“We have only talked about good things because the tension has eased. The previous clash had been caused by external factors and political issues, since the forces on both sides do not really have a problem,” the commander told reporters after the meeting.
Cambodia’s Fourth Regional Commander Chea Mon cochaired the RBC meeting with Thawatchai.
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