BANGKOK, 27 April 2012 – Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit has traveled to Cambodia to attend the 4th meeting of governors of border provinces between Thailand and Cambodia. High on the agenda are border trade, immigration and drug suppression along the border.
The minister arrived in Cambodia on Friday with executives of the Ministry of Interior and governors of seven provinces adjacent to Cambodia. Mr. Yongyuth said during the opening ceremony of the meeting that it was a challenge for the two countries to cooperate in strengthening the relationship of peoples on both sides of the border and promoting their stability.
The previous meeting of provincial governors between the two countries was hosted by Thailand in 2006. And after a coup d’e'tat in Thailand in that year, the two sides had postponed the meeting until this year.
Apart from bilateral cooperation issues, the meeting agreed that people residing in the Thai-Cambodian border provinces should be prepared for the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. The meeting also reached a conclusion that border disputes should be primarily mediated by the border provincial governors.
Meanwhile, Mr.Yongyuth’s Cambodian counterpart, Sar Kheng, said the good relations between the two countries would transform the border provinces into peace zones. Not only security cooperation, Cambodia and Thailand would cooperate more in terms of economy, the Cambodian minister added.
(NNT : Chindarat Bovornboriharn)