SIEM REAP : Thai and Cambodian troops have been told not to drive out people encroaching on territory in their respective countries as part of a gentler approach to resolving border disputes that are not regarded as urgent.
Defence Minister ACM Sukumpol Suwanatat and his Cambodian counterpart Tea Banh agreed to the softer approach in talks on Friday after the Asean Defence Ministers' Meeting in Siem Reap, a source said.
"We will let the villagers go on farming there," Gen Tea Banh was quoted as saying. "We won't expel them, but will leave the task with the Joint Boundary Committee" which is overseen by the foreign ministries of the two countries.
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