plan to hold bilateral talks Aug. 18 to discuss the continued military
stand-off at Preah Vihear temple, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday.
In a three-hour public speech, his first since the national
election, Hun Sen said Cambodians were "lucky" to have him as prime
minister in the crisis. Another prime minister would have led to the country to
war, he said.
Hun Sen warned Cambodians not to discriminate against Thai
products over the border feud, saying instead the countries were working
together to "narrow" the problems and "expand" the
The border row, which began July 15, sparked latent
nationalism on both sides, and following a build-up of troops a pamphlet
circulated in Cambodian markets calling for a boycott on Thai goods.
Similar nationalist fervor in 2003 led to the burning of the
Thai Embassy and the sacking of many Thai businesses in Phnom Penh.
However, officials say the situation on the border has
remained calm, with soldiers often mingling together, despite fortified
positions and the deployment of artillery, rockets and armored personnel
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Aug. 18 talks would be
held at a resort in Thailand.
has promised to remove troops from the conflict area next week, spokesman Sin