Foreign Minister Hor Namhong met with diplomats from UN
Security Council nations in Phnom Penh Friday,
delaying a trip to New York in favor of
bilateral border talks with Thailand
has asked the UN to postpone meetings on the Preah Vihear crisis, pending
negotiations on Monday, but Hor Namhong said the UN option remained on the
table if Monday's talks fail.
Hor Namhong briefed the diplomats on the latest in the Preah
Vihear temple crisis, which has brought a tense military standoff to the
Thai-Cambodian border that began July 15.
"The [bilateral] meeting next week will be a positive
meeting," Hor Namhong told reporters Friday.
was expecting help from special envoys from Asean neighbors Vietnam and Indonesia, Hor Namhong said.
had placed at least seven artillery pieces on the border near Preah Vihear
temple, he said.
Up to 1,500 Cambodian troops remained on the border Friday.
Thailand agreed to bilateral
talks late Thursday, following a failed attempt to bring the crisis under Asean
mutli-lateral discussion and appeals by Cambodia to the UN Security Council
Asian Human Rights Commission researcher Lao Monghay called
the talks a "flip-flop" from bilateral to international negotiation
"To me, it seems the government has no real strategy,"
Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay said international negotiation
would be preferable to at last "finish this time…the border problem."