|Sukumpol Suwanatat (C)|
Monday, 23 July 2012
BANGKOK, 19 July 2012 -Defense Minister Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat has indicated that there is ample evidence of illegal encroachment by Cambodian villagers on the disputed border areas, adding that a negotiation between the two countries is needed to solve the issue.
According to the Minister, the situation around the border has been peaceful since border police have been deployed in the areas replacing soldiers who pulled out yesterday. However, he said some Cambodian nationals have been seen in the compound of Sikhakirisawara temple, which is located in the vicinity of the Preah Vihear temple.
Their presence would constitute an illegal entry. He said further discussion with Cambodia would be required since both sides claimed the area around the temple belonged to them. Meanwhile, the removal of landmines around the overlapping territory would proceed as planned, adding that Thailand will continue to work out the issue with Cambodia in a timely manner, said the Minister.