Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that Thai and Cambodian foreign ministries will resume negotiations next week in New York on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly session, though he denied incorrect news reports that he or Foreign Minister Hor Namhong would attend.
“[Media] reported that Samdech Hun Sen will go to New York this week to join the United Nation assembly,” Hun Sen said Wednesday morning during a press conference after the first session of the National Assembly.
“They know that the prime minister is busy with the National Assembly meeting and forming the new government and the Council of Ministers meeting….Even Hor Namhong cannot go to New York,” he said.
Two Foreign Ministry secretaries of state will fly to New York instead, he added.
Foreign Ministry Undersecretary of State Koy Kuong said Wednesday that Foreign Ministry Secretaries of State Ouch Borith and Kao Kim Hourn “will leave very soon” to attend the meeting in New York.
Hun Sen also said he telephoned newly instated Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat last week and “talked about the will of each side to resume the meeting” to resolve ongoing border disputes with Thailand.
“The framework will be started soon, but we must have patience,” Hun Sen said, adding that the military standoff with Thailand remains calm even though it has spread to three border temples.
“We don’t talk about fighting unless they attack our country,” he said.
“We do not drop our plan to take the case to the international court or any institution to resolve the case. Only in the case of war, Cambodia will file the case to the UN Security Council,” he added.
Somchai Wongsawat said Saturday that Thai and Cambodian foreign ministers would meet this Monday in New York, according to a statement from the Thai Foreign Ministry.
Thai Foreign Ministry press officer Apirat Sugondhabhirom said Wednesday that he had expected the foreign ministers of all Asean nations to attend the Informal Asean Ministerial Meeting next week in New York.
Apirat said that new Thai Foreign Minister Sompong Amornviwat, who was endorsed by the king along with the entire cabinet Wednesday, is expected to lead the Thai delegation to New York and discuss with Cambodia “how to amicably resolve the border issues.”
“We will be ready to talk with the Cambodian delegation, whatever rank,” he said by telephone from Bangkok.