Talks between Thai and Laotian government officials in Bangkok, aimed at finding a solution to their common border dispute, have ended with little progress being made.
GV Police guard the outside of Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok
SV Representatives of "Volunteers to Protect Thailand Nation" waiting to give flowers and protest note to Laos government officials
SV Thai police on guard
GV Thai Interior Minister Prathuang Kiratibutr and Laos Interior Minister Sisavath Keobounphan on left walking through Foreign Ministry 92 shots
GV Both government officials pose for photographers before commencing talks
CU Thai and Laos flags on table and PULL BACK TO empty conference table
GV Both leaders leave Ministry smiling and both get into separate cars and leave
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Background: Talks between Thai and Laotian government officials in Bangkok, aimed at finding a solution to their common border dispute, have ended with little progress being made. Thailand closed the border after alleging that Laotian forces opened fire on a Thai naval boat on the Mekong River. One Thai soldier was killed and two others were injured.
SYNOPSIS: When the Laotian delegation arrived at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok, representatives from the organisation "Volunteers to Protect the Thailand Nation" tried to deliver a bouquet with a protest note. But they are unsuccessful.
The talks were led by the Thai Interior Minister, Prathuang Kiratibutr on the right and the Laotian Interior Minister, Sisavath Keobounphan. Thailand has said it will not re-open the border until Laos accepts responsibility for the shooting incident. Thai sources report that since the border was closed, the price of goods in land-locked Laos has increased dramatically.
Though a formal conference table with the flags of both nations had been arranged, discussions took place in an informal sitting room. Despite the relaxed atmosphere during the talks, there was still no solution after three hours. Laos has so far refused to apologise for the border incident and hasn't agreed to Thai demands to pay compensation. So for the meantime the 1200-kilometre border remains shut.