Cambodian and Thai defense senior officers are meeting in Cambodia this week to discuss how both parties can effectively implement the ICJ’s order regarding the troop withdrawal and the sending of Indonesian civilian observers.The political trust between Phnom Penh and Bangkok creates a favorable condition for both parties to reach an agreement to implement the court order.
Troops withdrawal from the border area will pave the way for the Indonesian observers to come in to ensure peace and stability along the conflict zone/area. Then, border demarcation can proceed with the participation of technical expert group and lawyers.
Having said that, Thai’s domestic political dynamic and potential change remains a key challenge to solution to the border conflict. What we can do now is to pray for a stable and peaceful Thailand. We hope that national reconciliation and unity in Thailand can build peace and stability in the region.