Somchai says Thailand cannot pull out troops now
Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat said Tuesday that Thailand could not pull out troops from the disputed border area near Preah Vihear temple as demanded by Cambodian Prime Minister Hunsen now.
Somchai said the joint committee of the two countries needed to reach an agreement on how to carry out the pullout first before it could be done.
Hunsen threatened to go for a full war if Thailand did not pull out the troops from the disputed border by noon Tuesday.
Somchai said the armed forces’ commanders were discussing the issue and he would summon all agencies concerned to consult on the matter at 2 pm.