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Progress on Border Talks With Thailand

Cambodian refugee children play under a tent at a refugee camp of Ta Keung village, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Cambodia's 11th century Hindu Preah Vihear temple near the deputed border between Cambodia and Thailand, in Preah Vihear province,

Cambodia and Thailand have made progress on border talks and demarcation, following more than three years of military standoff.

Var Kimhong, head of Cambodia’s border committee, said obstacles to border agreements were “annihilated” in talks Feb. 13 and Feb. 14.

Technical teams that had been previously prevented from meeting could now resume talks, he told VOA Khmer after his arrival from Bangkok on Tuesday.

Border teams will now begin the demarcation process for contested border areas near Anlong Veng district, Oddar Meanchey province.

Furthermore, a border checkpoint at Stung Bot in Banteay Meanchey province will be open, and aerial photography for mapping will resume, he said.

Border talks broke down in the wake of a military standoff that began along the border near Preah Vihear temple in July 2008. Discussions over the border were further complicated by Thai political strife that began around the same time.

Neither side discussed the ongoing border conflict directly, Var Kimhong said.