Lieutenant General Hun Manet yesterday ended his three-day trip to Bangkok to meet senior Thai military commanders to discuss cooperation and maintaining peace along the border.
Cambodia and Thailand have had several border issues in the past, including a clash over Preah Vihear temple in 2010.
Lt Gen Manet, who is commander of the Royal Cambodian Army, met with Thai Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan and army commander-in-chief General Apirat Kongsompong.
According to a statement by the Royal Cambodia Armed Forces, the visit was to “strengthen solidarity and cooperation” between both armies, noting that the trip resulted in both sides agreeing to maintain a peaceful border.
“As good neighbours, both countries focused on strengthening and expanding relations, and increase cooperation and maintain [peace and development] along the border,” it said.
Army spokesman Brigadier General Mao Phalla said Lt Gen Manet visits foreign countries to discuss cooperation.
“We exchange visits with other countries’ army delegation every year,” Brig Gen Phalla said. “Last year they visited us, now it was our turn to visit them.”
The visit was made after Cambodia hosted the annual General Border Committee Meeting with Thailand in February in Phnom Penh. Both sides focused on the border as the main topic.
Defence Minister General Tea Banh at the time said both sides also focused on enhancing good cooperation to maintain peace and security at the borders as well as strengthening relations between both countries’ armies.
“Technical teams from both sides are working well together and we are cooperating to solve any problems relating to the border,” Gen Banh said. “We considered it as a special meeting because we reviewed our work along the border and found that we have made good progress.”
“We reviewed our work in all areas, including maritime issues, and there is good cooperation between soldiers at the border from both countries because they clearly understand their respective governments’ policies,” he added.
Cambodia has demarcated 70 out of 73 border posts with its northern neighbour.
According to an annual Defence Ministry report, the RCAF prevented and cracked down on 5,193 border crimes last year.
It noted that there were 2,497 crimes along the Cambodian-Thai border.
Lt Gen Manet’s trip to Thailand was made days after he returned from Russia, where he met senior Russian military commanders to discuss cooperation.