BEIJING, Feb. 8 -- Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun
Sen, says Cambodia and Thailand have solved all their main differences in the
8-month-long dispute surrounding the Preah Vihear temple.
Wan Chunning has more on Friday's meeting between Hun Sen
and Thai Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
The two sides have agreed to withdraw their remaining
troops from the disputed pagoda situated near the 900-year-old temple. The
troops will be replaced by joint observers next month to facilitate de-mining
and border demarcation.
A Cambodian soldier guards an entrance
gate of Preah Vihear temple. (File photo from CCTV.com)
Hun Sen told reporters after the meeting that the two
sides have agreed to jointly demarcate the area.
Hun Sen, said, "I think we can accept the agreement
that there are no troops in the area around Preah Vihear (PREH VEE-HEAR) pagoda
and temple. We also agree to create a temporary task force to de-mine together
in that area and also create a border committee to determine the border
demarcation. So I think that area is no longer an area where there is
confrontation by the two armies."
He also said the two neighbors will work together to
develop the area for tourism.
One Thai and three Cambodian soldiers died in an
exchange of rifle and rocket fire near the temple in October. Both sides accused
the each other of starting the violence.
The Preah Vihear temple sits on an escarpment that
forms a natural border between the two countries, and has been a source of
tension for generations.