Defence Minister leaves for border meeting in Thailand

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Defence Minister Tea Banh, right centre. DAP News

Defence Minister General Tea Banh left for Thailand yesterday to attend a General Border Committee Meeting, which wraps up today and is expected to focus on military cooperation.

According to a statement from the ministry, Gen Banh will meet his counterpart Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon for the committee meeting which will focus on enhancing and promoting military cooperation between the countries.

The statement added that the ministers will also discuss solutions to maintain peace, stability and security along the borders of both countries.

According to an annual report from the National Police, Thailand abused Cambodia’s borders at least 365 times last year.

The breaches included airspace incursions and the construction of barbed wire fences, the report noted.

National Police spokesman General Kirth Chantharith said the airspace abuses committed by Thailand were often the use of drones flying into Cambodian airspace on border reconnaissance missions.

“The problem is that they fly drones into our airspace,” he said, noting that Thailand also deployed barbed wire that encroached on Cambodia’s border.

Defence Ministry spokesman Chhum Sucheat could not be reached for comment.

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