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Cambodia in bid to resolve Thai border row

There is renewed hope that Cambodia and the newly elected Thai government will resume talks to resolve claims to a 27,000 square kilometre resource-rich stretch of seabed in the Gulf of Thailand

THE GOVERNMENT-run Cambodian National Petroleum Authority has called for open and official talks with Thailand to find an equitable and transparent resolution to the overlapping claims area, which has estimated reserves of 11 trillion cubic feet (cf) of gas plus oil and condensate. The statement marked the second time in little more than a month that Cambodia has sought to restart negotiations. The authority said that talks held between 2001 and 2007 had been fruitful, adding that the government of Abhisit Vejjajiva, which took power in 2008 and had rocky relations with Phnom Penh, had sought to resolve the dispute prior to this year’s election. A 2001 memorandum of understanding to resol

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