Cambodian Foreign Minister Ieng Sary arrived in Thailand on Friday (14 July) at the start of a four-day state visit.
Cambodian Foreign Minister Ieng Sary arrived in Thailand on Friday (14 July) at the start of a four-day state visit. He was expected to hold talks with Thai leaders aimed at ending clashes between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Sary entered Thailand at the frontier town of Aranyaprathet (188 miles -- 303 kilometres -- east of Bangkok) and was met by Thai Foreign Minister Doctor Upadit Pachariyangkun and Army Chief General Serm Nanakorn. The Thais were expected to propose that both countries tighten control over their forces to prevent incidents. Hundreds have died along the border since the 1975 Communist takeover of Cambodia. First stop on Mr. Sary's drive to Bangkok was a Thai Army base.
Details of the visit were kept secret. Because thousands of Cambodian refugees now live in Thailand, there was concern for Mr. Sary's safety. The Cambodian Minister was expected to state his country's position on its border conflict with Vietnam. Vietnam's Vice-Foreign Minister Phan Hien visited Bangkok earlier this month, and the Cambodians were anxious to state their case, Both countries appear eager to improve relations with Thailand and, indeed, the Thai-Cambodian border has been reactively quit for about a month. The Thais were hoping the visit might bring a decrease in Cambodian-backed Communist insurgency within Thailand. As well as they many deaths, well over five hundred Thai villagers have been kidnapped and taken to Cambodia for indoctrination.