Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Military to meet over border row

Military to meet over border row

Military to meet over border row

1-front-page.jpg
1-front-page.jpg

Top commanders will hold talks Thursday in Siem Reap

Photo by: Heng Chivoan

A mourner places incense sticks at a memorial ceremony in Phnom Penh Tuesday for the three Cambodian soldiers who died in last week's fighting on the border.

CAMBODIAN military commanders who will meet their Thai counterparts Thursday for high level talks on the border crisis have said that only increased dialogue will prevent a repeat of last week's deadly violence, as mourners in Phnom Penh commemorated the three troopers who died because of the fighting.

"The more we talk, the better the situation," said General Chea Morn, commander of Military Region 4, on Tuesday, calling for daily talks between the two sides.

Chea Morn, who will lead the Cambodian delegation to the meeting in Siem Reap, told the Post that the situation on the border has improved significantly since the shootout a week ago between Cambodian and Thai troops, who he said were now communicating with each other across the frontlines.

Neang Phat, secretary of state at the Defence Ministry, said Tuesday that Cambodia "does not want even one inch of Thai land", adding that it only wanted Thailand to respect the Kingdom's borders.

The two countries have been engaged in a standoff over disputed border territory since mid-July and, despite pledges not to inflame the situation, continue to reinforce their lines with more troops and weapons.

At Phnom Penh's Wat Botumwadei Tuesday, local artists and journalists organised a ceremony to "express our gratitude to the soldiers who sacrificed everything defending the nation", Neang Phat said. Two soldiers were killed in the fighting, while a third died the day after, reportedly from smoke inhalation.

"We bitterly regret the loss of our soldiers, and our sympathy goes to their families," Neang Phat said. "I hope the meeting [Thursday] will be fruitful because what we want is peace," he added.

Tensions flared in July after Preah Vihear temple, which is claimed by some Thais, was listed as a Unesco world monument.

Related Story

MOST VIEWED

  • Breaking: US House passes 'Cambodia Democracy Act'

    The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by the president, the bill will allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking Cambodian

  • ‘Zero-dollar’ tours under fire

    Minister of Tourism Thong Khon has blamed “zero-dollar” tour operators for the decrease in foreign tourists to Angkor Archaeological Park in the first half of this year and has called for action against them. Angkor Archaeological Park received 1.24 million foreign visitors in the first half

  • Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August

    Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will

  • Chinese-owned shops are on the rise in central Phnom Penh

    Informal businesses owned by Chinese nationals are on the rise in central Phnom Penh, especially in Tonle Bassac commune, surrounding Koh Pich. Such businesses have sprung up notably in Central Market, Orussey Market, Sovanna Shopping Mall, Rattana Plaza, as well as Kakab commune across from