Defense Ministry Denies Thai Report of Border Redraw

The Defense Ministry released a statement Friday denying Thai media reports that Cambodia had agreed to redraw a stretch of disputed border between Preah Vihear province and Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province.

The Bangkok Post reported Wednesday that Thai and Cambodian military officials met that day to discuss the area around the An Ses border checkpoint in Choam Ksan district.

“[Thai Army] Commander Thawat Sukplang said Cambodia agreed to official border demarcation for a stretch of disputed land in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province,” the article said.

“Following talks, Cambodia officially halted all roadwork until the border demarcation is completed, probably late this month,” it added. The Defense Ministry on Friday said this account was totally false.

“The cabinet of…[Defense Minster] Tea Banh would like to completely reject the information,” the statement said.

In late December, the An Ses checkpoint became the site of tensions when Thailand reinforced its side of the border after Cambodian road crews refused to halt construction in what Cambodia said was clearly its territory.

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