GOVERNMENT officials expressed renewed
hope for a resolution of border disputes with Thailand following an
announcement Thursday by the newly elected Thai prime minister that the
two sides would resume negotiations.
"We welcome this good news, and it signals a potential end to the
conflict," said Phay Siphan, spokesman for Cambodia's Council of
Ministers. "It is good that Thailand is ready to talk."
Somchai Wongsawat, who was named Thai prime minister earlier this
week, said he looked forward to more peaceful relations between the two
"I'm ready to talk with Prime Minister Hun Sen," he told reporters at Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
added he expected Thai and Cambodian delegates to meet on the sidelines
of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York next week.
"If the Thai government really intends to negotiate ... we will try
our best to solve our problems," said Nuth Sa An, secretary of state at
the Ministry of Interior. "But I am concerned because they are always
under pressure by the opposition party," he said.
Koy Koung, undersecretary of state for Cambodia's Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said he was not aware of
any arrangements for negotiations to continue.