Cambodia and Thailand agree to restart dialog over military pull-out from Preah Vihea area

Phnom Penh. Cambodian and Thai troops will pull-out as soon as possible, announced General Tea Banh, the Khmer Defense Minister on Wednesday in this capital. They will follow the International Court of Justice‘s ruling that created a provisional demilitarized zone around the Hindu temple, while compelling both countries to stop military aggression. The millennial compound, built by the Khmer King Suryavarman I (r. 1010-1050) and dedicated to Shiva, is located on Cambodian sovereignty, but both countries claim 4.6 square kilometers around it. It created military clashes early this year.

Read also Bangkok Post: ‘Border Talks finally under way.’


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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

3 responses to “Cambodia and Thailand agree to restart dialog over military pull-out from Preah Vihea area”

  1. arjay stevens says :

    Hi Albeiro,
    I was surprised to read your ‘egreement blog’ about a withdrawal of troups…
    just yesterday C.Daily quoted Gen. Banh:
    “Instead of announcing a much-anticipated plan for withdrawal , though, Gen. Banh said the pair had agreed instead to set up a ‘joint working group’ that would continue discussing how to implement the court’s order.
    And… “instead they agreed to one’ comprising Cambodia, Thai and Indonesian observers’.

    Thai side also has to ask Council of Ministers and Ntl. Assembly first…

    As you can see I would be cautious in this difficult matter since internal policy in Thailand plays an unpredictable role.
    Merry Christmas

    Ps: one you promised to visit our little social entrepreneurship in Chambok next Kirirom…
    I think, you just forgot.

    • Albeiro Rodas says :

      Dear Arjay, you are completely right (here the official statement.) I corrected the title to Cambodia and Thailand agree to restart dialog over military pull-out from Preah Vihea area. I am sorry about my unaccomplished promised. I will fulfill it. Regards, Albeiro R.

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