Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to exchange ambassadors and avoid further clashes on their common border.
SV AND CU Foreign Minister Upadit (centre) walks into airport lounge with newsmen filming (FOUR SHOTS)
SCU INT FM Upadit speaking in English to newsmen
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: UPADIT: "Well, the concrete accomplishment of our goodwill mission is first, the agreement on both sides to have the relations between our two countries normalised as soon as possible. That will be followed by the exchange of ambassadors. The time of it, you know, is at this stage not yet fixed. It depends on the finalisation of the necessary arrangements....(indistinct). Secondly, we all agreed, we also agreed that we should begin, we should start the trade relations as soon as possible ... (indistinct) to buy fish ... (indistinct), you know, or the seafood from Cambodia which have seafood in abundance."
Dr Upadit said Cambodian Deputy Premier Ieng Sary had accepted his invitation to visit Thailand.
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Background: Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to exchange ambassadors and avoid further clashes on their common border. The Cambodian government has also agreed to release an unspecified number of Thai fishermen who were arrested for alleged violation of Cambodian territorial waters.
SYNOPSIS: The improvement in relations between the two countries follows a visit to Cambodia by a Thai goodwill mission which returned home to Bangkok on Thursday (2 February). The 18-member mission was headed by Foreign Minister Upadit Pachariyangkun. It was the first visit of its kind since the Communist takeover in Cambodia in 1975. Addressing newsmen at the airport, Dr Upadit said that the Thai and Cambodian people shared a common desire for peace.