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Brokered border talks in Indonesia delayed

Brokered border talks in Indonesia delayed

Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said yesterday that a meeting of the General Border and Joint Border committees scheduled for March 24-25 in Bogor, Indonesia, between Cambodian and Thai officials had been moved to April 7-8. “[The meetings were] delayed because some of the involved parties were busy in March. However, all parties have agreed to meet on April 7-8,” Koy Kuong said. The meetings were proposed by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalagawa as a way of easing border tensions following skirmishes last month that left at least 10 dead and dozens injured on both sides. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Hun Sen urged his Thai counterpart Abhisit Vejjajiva to commit to attending the talks. Thailand has yet to formally announce its intention to join the brokered talks, though Abhisit told the Bangkok Post earlier this week that the border meetings in Indonesia would be a starting point for alleviating tensions along the border.

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