Cambodian Foreign Minsiter Hor Namhong said Monday he was
"optimistic" the conflict over Preah Vihear temple would be solved in
his talks with his Thai counterpart, Tej Bunnag, this week.
"My goal is to do whatever we can to withdraw all the
troops from the Keo Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda," he told reporters before
departing for Thailand
Monday. He would also seek further meetings on border demarcation, he said.
Thai and Cambodian troops executed a partial withdrawal from
the pagoda over the weekend, following a steady build-up since July 15. Police on Sunday prevented a demonstration over the crisis by the Cambodian Confederation of Unions.
After the meeting Monday, Hor Namhong plans to visit Thai
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, to brief him on developments along the Thai-Cambodian
border, he said.
"This is a simple problem, about border territory,
around the world, so Cambodia
are committed to a peaceful solution by law," he said.