Thai-Cambodian border issue up for discussion in Phnom Penh

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BANGKOK, 26 April 2012  – Thai and Cambodian officials have begun their 3-day meeting in Phnom Penh, where they are expected to discuss issues related to border areas. 

Deputy Permanent Secretary for Interior Surapol Pongtadsirikul said that the Thai and Cambodian Ministries of Interior have jointly organized the 4th Thai-Cambodian border provincial governors’ meeting in Phnom Penh, from April 25th-27th.

The annual meeting aims at promoting good relations and strong friendship between the two neighbors.

It is also the opportunity for governors from both countries’ border provinces and related government officials to discuss, review and plan various issues of concerns.

Mr. Surapol said that Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit will lead the Thai delegation to the gathering while Thai provincial governors participating in this year’s meeting are from Chanthaburi, Sa Kaeo, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Trat and Buriram.

He added that issues to be raised for discussion include the progress on cross-border development projects, economic cooperation, the expansion of checkpoints, transnational crime, and the establishment of twin cities under the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS).