Maritime dispute with Cambodia remains a hurdle for joint oil exploration

The Thai government is grappling with a dilemma on how to deal with an unresolved maritime border issue with Cambodia amid political pressure at home, while also pursuing joint development of the abundant crude oil and gas reserves in an area of the Gulf of Thailand over which the two have overlapping claims.

The two issues will be high on the agenda when Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Manet makes his first official visit to Thailand on February 7 since taking over from his father, Hun Sen, as the country’s premier.

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