No Official Word on Hun Sen, Abhisit Meeting

Government officials confirmed yesterday that Prime Minister Hun Sen met with his Thai counterpart Abhisit Vejjajiva on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe meeting in Brus­sels on Monday but were unaware of what the two leaders discussed.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said the 15-minute meeting had been held before the first session of the intercontinental summit on Monday afternoon.

“I have not received the result of the meeting yet,” Mr Kuong said.

Nor had Mr Hun Sen’s assistant Eang Sophalleth, who said details of the meeting would be released when the premier returned to Cam­bodia on Thursday.

Sry Tamarong, an adviser to Mr Hun Sen who accompanied the Cam­bodian delegation to the Brus­sels meeting, said he was too busy to speak to a reporter yesterday.

Thailand, however, was a little more forthcoming.

A statement released by the Thai government’s public relations department said Mr Abhisit be­lieved the positive signs shown during his meeting with Mr Hun Sen, would lead to better bilateral ties in the future.

“Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said after his talks with Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen in the 8th Asia Europe meeting in Belgium that ministers and journalists from the two neighboring countries would exchange visits in the next four to five months,” the statement said.

“Thailand and Cambodia will later discuss facts regarding [border] demarcation and current is­sues prior to the next meeting [between the leaders] in Hanoi, Vietnam, this month.”

(Additional reporting by Mark Worley)

 

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