Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Defence ministers to meet

Defence ministers to meet

Defence ministers to meet

Cambodian Defence Minister Tea Banh is set to carry out sideline talks with his Thai counterpart Prawit Wongsuwon at a regional summit starting tomorrow, in the latest diplomatic effort to follow April’s deadly border clashes.

Ta Banh is set to leave for Indonesia today to take part in the two-day Association of Southeast Asean Nations defence ministers’ summit in Jakarta.

Lieutenant-general Chhum Socheat, spokesman for Ministry of Defence, said yesterday that “as planned the two defence ministers will meet” in talks mediated by ASEAN chair Indonesia. He would not reveal specific topics to be tabled but said the ASEAN meeting would review developments in the region, including security issues.      

The talks follow a series of high-level meets between both sides after deadly fighting broke out at the Thai-Cambodian border in both February and April. The latest hostilities claimed at least 18 lives.

Earlier this month, Cambodia’s Foeign Minister Hor Namhong met with Thailand’s Kasit Piromya to set out a six-point plan to allow neutral observers to the border.

Although the agreement was brokered, Thai officials have repeatedly quibbled over the terms of reference for their deployment and have asked for Cambodia to withdraw its troops from territory adjacent to Preah Vihear that is claimed by both sides.

Cambodia has strongly rejected the demand. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Hun Sen blasted it as “irrational and unacceptable” for a foreign country to demand the withdrawal of troops from what Cambodia sees as its territory.

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not