PM: No problem for observers in disputed zone

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BANGKOK, 5 May 2011  – Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has confirmed that he has no objection to Indonesian observers visiting the Thai-Cambodian overlapping border as long as Cambodia withdraws its troops from the zone before the visit. 

The prime minister stated that the visit of Indonesian observers was already suggested in writing, and was no longer a problem. He however stressed that Cambodia must remove its troops from the 4.6-square-kilometre disputed zone adjacent to the Preah Vihear Temple as the action breached the 2000 Memorandum of Understanding.

As for Thailand’s direction in fighting the Preah Vihear Temple case against Cambodia in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Prime Minister Abhisit indicated that there were many possible ways, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would seek opinions from all sides before taking a step.

The prime minister added that Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya would return from the Hague, Netherlands where the ICJ is located, on Thursday and would report him on results of his mission.

Regarding the house dissolution date, Prime Minister Abhisit confirmed that it would be made within the first week of May as earlier promised, and details would be elaborated again on Friday before he departed for ASEAN Summit in Indonesia.