Cambodia, Thailand Agree to Redeploy Military Personnel in PDZ
AKP Phnom Penh, July 14, 2012 –
Cambodia and Thailand agreed on Friday to redeploy their military personnel in the Provisional Demilitarized Zone (PDZ) near the 11th century Khmer sacred Preah Vihear Temple.
The redeployment, scheduled to take place on July 18, the date set by the Cambodian side, has been reached during the bilateral talk between Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and his Thai counterpart H.E. Mrs. Yingluck Shinawatra, in Siem Reap province.
This is both sides’ willingness and the two peoples will benefit from it, said Samdech Techo Hun Sen at a joint press conference after the bilateral talk.
The redeployment is not the troop withdrawal from their own country, the military personnel will be replaced by policemen and the redeployment has nothing to do with the arrival of the Indonesian observer team, the Cambodian premier explained.
For her part, H.E. Mrs. Yingluck Shinawatra shared the same idea with Samdech Techo Hun Sen that both sides have shown their strong will to consolidate and broaden their good relationship and to boost for a joint development for mutual benefit.
She went on to say that during one year of her administration, Cambodia-Thailand relations have seen a good progress.
During the talk, both leaders also exchanged their views on the Xayabury hydroelectric dam issue in Laos, as well as the road and railway connectivity between the two neighboring countries, to promote trade, investment and tourism.
Article in Khmer by CHEY Phoumipul
Article in English by KHAN Sophirom