Sea riches prompt new talks

Thailand, Cambodia eager to end dispute.

Thailand will hold talks with Cambodia over a 26,000 sq km overlapping claims area (OCA) estimated to hold up to 500 million barrels of oil and gas deposits under the seafloor.

The move comes following efforts by the two countries to work together to develop new energy sources and this involves first ironing out the territorial dispute.

Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow said on Tuesday the joint development was expected to form part of the government’s long-term policy.

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