Thai-Cambodian border trade quietens, people live normal lives


SA KAEO, Nov 11 – Thai-Cambodian border trade is unusually quiet today but local residents are living their daily lives as usual. Many have managed to stay in waiting to hear the World Court ruling on Preah Vihear case.

The Aranyaprathet border this morning was not as lively as formerly since only small numbers of Cambodian traders were waiting to cross the border to Thailand when the Rong Klua Market opens for trade.

Many Cambodians stocked up on goods and decided to stay at home to await the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict interpreting the Preah Vihear case later today.

Meanwhile, the Thai authorities– soldiers at Ban Khlong Luek and Sa Kaeo immigration officers — have conducted strict immigration checks together to prevent any unlawful activities or ill-intending people from entering Thailand. Most Cambodians who cross the border are workers.

Sombat Jungtrakul, deputy chairman of the Thai-Cambodian Border Trade Association in Chantaburi province, said he believes border trade will not be affected no matter what the ICJ verdict.

Meanwhile, situation at the Thai-Cambodian border in Ban Kruad District of Buri Ram province is normal as well at cassava plantation areas along the Thai Cambodian border. Security personnel are stationed at the areas as usual.