Thailand, Cambodia agree on easing border tensions

AP News
Posted: Sep 15, 2011 9:39 AM
Thailand, Cambodia agree on easing border tensions

The leaders of Cambodia and Thailand have agreed that troops along their disputed border should meet regularly to ease tensions and withdraw from a temple area as ordered by an international court in July.

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong says that Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen made the agreement Thursday afternoon in Phnom Penh.

Hor Namhong called the meeting a big step in improving ties.

Relations between the countries have been strained since July 2008 when periodic skirmishes broke out in the region around the centuries-old, Cambodian-owned Preah Vihear temple. It sits on a mountain straddling the disputed border.

The clashes have killed dozens of people, and each side blames the other for starting them.