PHNOM PENH, 2 December 2010 – Cambodia has postponed opening a border gate with Thailand at the disputed site of an ancient temple, an official said Wednesday, after conflicting reports over troop withdrawal from the area.
“We have delayed it indefinitely,” said Hang Soth, director general of the government-run agency managing the Preah Vihear temple.
Cambodia earlier this week said redeployment of troops by both countries away from the border had eased the way for the gate to be opened for the first time in over two years on Sunday.
PHNOM PENH, 30 November 2010 – Cambodia plans to reopen a border gate with neighbouring Thailand at a disputed temple this weekend, officials said Monday, indicating a thaw in relations between the two countries.
“I hope the gate will be opened very soon,” said general Chea Tara, a Cambodian deputy commander-in-chief who oversees troops at the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.
Cambodian and Thai troops were working “on a good solution to resolve the problems along the border”, Chea Tara told AFP by telephone.
BAGHDAD, 1 November 2010 – The first flight by a European carrier in 20 years landed in Baghdad on Sunday, marking an important step for a country looking to post-war reconstruction following the ravages of the 2003 US-led invasion.
The Airbus A319 operated by France’s Aigle Azur airline from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport touched down at 6:00 am (0300 GMT), carrying on board France’s Trade Minister Anne-Marie Idrac and 111 passengers, including 40 French businessmen, officials said.
WELLINGTON, 8 October 2010 (AFP) – New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Friday said the entire nation had been embarrassed by a television anchor whose “racist” remarks provoked a furious official protest from India.
“What might have been something that was aimed at poorly-designed humour has ended up embarrassing New Zealand and for that I’m quite regretful,” Key told reporters. Read more
BEIJING, 1 October 2010 – China has issued a travel warning for Japan after a Chinese tour group was attacked and harassed there, amid a bitter row between the two Asian powerhouses.
The National Tourism Administration warned “Chinese tourists and tour groups currently in Japan or planning to go to Japan in the near future to watch their travel safety,” in a statement on its website late Thursday.
WASHINGTON, 1 September, 2010 – A delegation of Pakistani officers refused to attend a defense conference in the United States this week in protest over their treatment at a Washington airport, officials said Wednesday.
The nine Pakistanis were about to fly to Tampa, Florida from Dulles International Airport for a three-day conference at US Central Command when they were pulled off the plane and questioned for more than two hours.
BANGKOK, 25 August – Thailand has reinstated its envoy to Phnom Penh on Tuesday evening after Cambodia announced the resignation of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as an advisor.
Cambodia’s foreign minister, Koy Kuong, made the announcement late Monday stating Mr Thaksin had relinquished his advisory role for personal reasons.
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya yesterday said: “Thailand will reinstate its envoy and likewise Cambodia is considering a similar move. I believe our bilateral relations will improve as both countries are now cooperating in many areas.”
BEIJING, 24 August 2010 – China on Tuesday urged its citizens travelling to the Philippines to exercise caution, after eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in a bus hijacking in Manila.
“The consular section of the foreign ministry and the embassy in the Philippines warn Chinese citizens to be cautious when travelling to the Philippines,” the ministry said in a statement.
“Chinese citizens in the Philippines must pay attention to security risks, step up measures of self-protection and immediately inform the Chinese embassy of any emergency situations.”
HANOI, 17 August 2010 – ASEAN members are holding talks on a request from Cambodia for help in resolving a border dispute with Thailand, the bloc’s chairman said Tuesday.
“As ASEAN chair, Vietnam is actively consulting other ASEAN countries about the proposal that ASEAN mediates over the Preah Vihear dispute,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said in a statement.
Cambodia’s foreign minister Hor Namhong on Saturday appealed to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations for help, “in order to avoid any large scale armed conflict”.