July 29, 2011

Trade, tourism along Thai-Cambodian border active after World Court ruling


Cross border trade at Chong Sa-ngam border crossing with neighboring Cambodia in Si Sa Ket on Sunday has reportedly been revived as many Cambodians queued up for the opening of the border crossing in the morning to exchange products with Thai traders.

Cambodians crossed the border to buy and sell large amounts of consumer products. Border trade activities were seen as active again amidst security provided by police officers from Phu Sing Police Station and local army rangers.

Apart from the trade, tourism along the Thai-Cambodian border was also boosted as many tourists have been visiting the area, asking for information about cross-border excursions to attractions such as Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, according to Hattachai Pengchaem, head of the trade and tourism operators association in Chong Sa-ngam.

Hattachai said that the return of the active trade and tourism can be attributed to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or World Court July 18 rulings on the Thai-Cambodian border, adding that both Thai and Cambodian traders have expressed their confidence in the border situation.

The rulings applied to both Thailand and Cambodia, requiring that both countries withdraw troops from the disputed border area near Preah Vihear Temple.

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