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Indonesia’s FM to visit Cambodia next week to boost ties

PHNOM PENH, March 2 (Xinhua) — Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa will make a one-day visit to Cambodia on Mar. 5 to boost bilateral ties and cooperation in the framework of ASEAN, Ouch Borith, a secretary of state at Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Friday.

During the visit, Marty will hold a bilateral talk with Cambodia’s deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ouch Borith said he was not sure whether the two ministers will talk about the deployment of Indonesian observers to the provisional demilitarized zone (PDZ) on the disputed border between Cambodia and Thailand near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple in order to comply with the order of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Cambodia and Thailand have had sporadic border conflict over territorial dispute near Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple since the UNESCO listed the temple as a World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008 and witnessed fierce clashes in February and April 2011 during Thailand’s Democrat Party rule.

On April 28, 2011, Cambodia submitted a request to the ICJ for interpretation of its judgment on June 15, 1962 in the case concerning the ancient temple. It was accompanied by an urgent request for provisional measures in which Cambodia demands Thailand immediately and unconditionally withdraw troops from area surrounding the ruins.

During the interval of waiting for the verdict interpretation, the ICJ ordered Cambodia and Thailand on July 18, 2011 to immediately withdraw their military personnel from the PDZ and allow ASEAN observers (Indonesians) to access to the PDZ to monitor ceasefire.

However, so far neither Cambodia nor Thailand has withdrawn its troops from the area.

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