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Thai-Cambodian tension eases off

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BANGKOK, 3 May 2011 (NNT) – The Ministry of Defense confirms that the fights at theThai-Cambodian border has subsided while a negotiation between the two sides is expected to take place in May.

Speaking about the border clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops, Defense Ministry Spokesperson Colonel Thanathip Sawangsaeng stated that the situation was under control, and the Cambodian forces had already withdrawn from the areas of dispute.

Colonel Thanathip continued to say that Defense Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has voiced his readiness to discuss with his Cambodian counterpart Tea Banh in the upcoming Thai-Cambodian General Border Committee (GBC) meeting in order to seek an exit for the border spat.

The spokesperson also denied that a recent official visit of the Thai defense minister to China was aimed at appealing to the Chinese authority for its help to negotiate with the Cambodian side. He noted that China had pledged not to interfere in the border issue.