Thursday, 21 May 2009

Gen. Anupong Paochinda met Cambodian military leaders at Sombok Khmum on Thursday

Deum Ampil newspaper
Translated by Khmerization

The Thai Army Chief, Gen. Anupong Paochinda (pictured), has travelled to Sombok Khum frontline located near Preah Vihear temple to meet with Cambodian military leaders on Thursday 20th May.

Sources from Preah Vihear told Deum Ampil that Gen.Anupong met Gen. Chea Dara, Cambodia's Deputy Commander-in-Chief, and Gen. Srey Doek, Cambodian commander of the Preah Vihear precinct, at Sombok Khmum frontline at 9 am on 20th May.

The details of the talks have not been revealed.
The same sources said that Gen. Anupong had only been allowed to visit Sombok Khmum and his request to visit Wat Keo Sekha Kirisvarak pagoda had been turned down.

Gen. Anupong is the only Thai military leader who has acknowledged the destruction of a Cambodian market by Thai forces. He said that the compensation claim lodged by the Cambodian government can be "settled".

Gen. Anupong is the first Thai military leader to visit to Sombok Khmum frontline since border conflict erupted in the middle of last year.
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