Army Commander: military follows Govt’s order on border dispute

September 26th, 2008 - 11:40 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Royal Thai Army Commander General Anupong Paojinda today traveled to the Thai-Cambodian border where territory disputes continued, affirming that all government orders on the issue would be followed with a focus on peaceful means with a respect for rights and laws of both nations.

Royal Thai Army Commander General Anupong Paojinda (อนุพงษ์ เผ่าจินดา) stated before traveling to the disputed border between Thailand and Cambodia, located in the Ta Muen Thom (ตาเมือนธม) ruins area, that the situation on the stretch of land is not yet of a high concern. He said that the two countries’ agreement to use bilateral means to solve the issue has insured peace.

The commander assured that the military would uphold the orders of the government and denied rumors that the army did not retreat it’s forces when instructed. He affirmed that the military would use peaceful means and respect the rights and laws of both nations. General Anupong is scheduled to receive a briefing on aerial surveys of the borders geography before traveling to the conflicted area in Surin province.

The army commander said he would report his briefing to the government but said that he has not yet been assigned a channel to contact the new Minister of Foreign Affairs Somphong Amornwiwat (สมพงษ์ อมรวิวัฒน์) who will be traveling to attend an ASEAN Foreign Ministers summit in New York City in the United States of America. The summit will be the first meeting between the newly appointed minister and his Cambodian counter part despite Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Nam Hong not personally attending the gathering.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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