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Hun Sen to Attend Asean Meeting in Thailand

Prime Minister Hun Sen has said he will attend this year’s Asean meeting in Thailand, following numerous requests from neighboring leaders, a government spokesman said Monday.

Hun Sen had previously urged Thai officials, who are leading the rotating chairmanship of the group this year, to postpone for security concerns. He had also claimed he might not himself attend.

“After that, friends of Cambodia asked Prime Minister Hun Sen [to attend], saying that if he did not attend, many other Asean countries might not attend either,” the spokesman, Khieu Kanharith, said.

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told reporters Sunday after meeting his Japanese counterpart, Nakasone Hirofumi, that Hun Sen would attend, which is scheduled from Feb. 27 through March 1 in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Cambodia and Thailand remain at loggerheads over disputed borderland near Preah Vihear temple, where troops from both sides have been entrenched since July.