Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has agreed to improve
bilateral relations with Thailand - relations which have been impeded by a
border dispute near an ancient temple, according to his Thai counterpart
Speaking Sunday during his weekly TV and radio address,
Abhisit said his meeting with Hun Sen on the sidelines of the annual UN
General Assembly in New York on Friday produced fruitful results as both
agreed that relations between the two countries should become lively.
He said he will meet several times with Hun Sen during
upcoming sessions of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to which
both countries belong.
Friday’s meeting of the two leaders was the first time
after UNESCO’s World Heritage Commission acted in late July to postpone its
decision over Cambodian’s unilateral plan to manage the Preah Vihear temple
complex following an objection by the Thai government.
Their cordial discussions in New York caused cross-border
trade in the Thai border district of Phu Sing district in Si Sa Ket province
to become lively again early Sunday, said Hattachai Pengchaem, who heads the
trade and tourism operators association in Chong Sa-ngam.
Residents from both sides of the border crossed over and
exchanged consumer goods, Hattachai said.
Cross border trade will again become lively, traders
said, in response to seeing pictures of Prime Minister Hun Sen and Prime
Minister Abhisit being cordial to one another.
“Seeing both men shaking hands during the [New York]
meeting in local newspapers,” Hattachai said, was creating an improved
spirit on the border.
“This is a good sign. Our peoples will gain more
confidence and [the meeting] will help boost tourism, especially for
Cambodia,” Hattachai added. (MCOT online news)