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Cambodia and Thailand to “redraw” disputed boundary section

(23 January 2015)

Thai 2nd Army Commander Thawat Sukplang announced that a section of disputed boundary between Thailand’s Ubon's Ratchathani's Nam Yuen district and Cambodia's Preah Vihear province will be “redrawn”.

Previously, Cambodian road excavations in the vicinity of the Chong Arn Ma border crossing (located at 14° 23’ 17” N, 104° 57’ 56” E) had heightened tensions between the two countries. After road construction began in 2014, Thailand sent 200 soldiers to the region and closed the crossing. All roadwork will be suspended until the border is demarcated, according to to Thawat, and the border crossing will be designated as a permanent border checkpoint after the demarcation is completed.

The demarcation news comes after officials from Cambodia and Thailand gathered earlier this month for the 9th meeting of the Cambodia-Thailand Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation. Although the officials did not take up the issue of the disputed boundary near the Preah Vihear Temple (which lies around 30 m west of the Chong Arn Ma crossing), a joint statement released by the two countries reported that, “The two sides are also committed to stepping up our relations and cooperation in all important areas.”

Sources:

Cambodia agrees to border redraw, 21 January 2015, by Wassana Nanuam of the Bangkok Post, http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/458771/cambodia-agrees-to-border-redraw

Cambodia, Thailand vow to advance ties, cooperation, 16 January 2015, Xinhua News Agency for the Global Post, http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/150116/cambodia-thailand-vow-advance-ties-cooperation