Border market lively again as Thai-Cambodian dispute eases


SI SA KET, Jan 19 – The Thai-Cambodian border market at Chong Sangam border pass of this northeastern province has become more active as shoppers feel less anxious about temporary closures following Thailand’s recent dispute with Cambodia.

Hattachai Pengjam, Chong Sa-ngam Tourism Operators President, said border trade has turned lively once again following Cambodia’s move to demolish the concrete foundation constructed within two kilometers of the joint border line in violation of a previous agreement on Saturday morning.

He confirmed that the tension has now eased. Many Thais and Cambodians were seen crossing the border after the checkpoint was reopened.

Thailand earlier submitted a letter asking Cambodia not to violate the agreement between the two countries forbidding the construction of permanent structures on the borderlines. The country closed Chong Sa-ngam checkpoint in response to such an actions on January 15.