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Militaries hold parley on border

CAMBODIAN and Thai military commanders on Tuesday met for the third time in the past week to discuss patrols along the border, pledging not to engage in violence and to pass information regularly, Cambodian officials said.

“We need to have peace along the border, so both sides of Cambodian and Thai armed forces agree not to open fire at each other when they are patrolling. Instead, let’s talk to each other when we meet on patrols at the front lines,” said Nuon Nov, the deputy commander of Military Region 4, who added that the commanders had also met on April 22 and April 24.

Troops most recently exchanged fire on April 17 in the province’s O’Smach commune.

Despite the skirmish, Touch Ra, chief of the Cambodia-Thailand relations office at the Chom border gate, said crossings were proceeding normally on Tuesday.

“People of both countries are crossing the gate normally to buy goods. They are friendly with each other and exchange their goods for their own business,” Touch Ra said.

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