Thailand considering new deployment around Preah Vihear


BANGKOK, 16 July 2012 -Foreign Minister Mr. Surapong Torvichakchaikul said that the security units will propose its new military deployment on the Thai-Cambodian border and its decision to allow Indonesian observers in the disputing areas to parliament next month. 

After meeting with Supreme Commander Thanasak Patimaprakorn, Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha and Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat, the Foreign Minister said the Thai Army is now reviewing the Terms of Reference (TOR), which was written by Indonesia, to make sure that they are acceptable to Thailand.

The introduction of the observers, whose presence is hoped to help reduce the border tensions on the disputing areas between Thailand and Cambodia has been suggested by the International Court of Justice.

The Foreign Minister said the revision of the TOR will be completed by next week, and will be immediately submitted to the Council of State for consideration. The matter will then be handed to the Cabinet for approval before being forwarded to Parliament.