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Thailand, Cambodia restore diplomatic relations
07 : 42 PM - 12/04/2003
Bangkok, April 12 (BNA) -- Thailand and Cambodia agreed to restore normal diplomatic relations after a two-month rupture caused by anti- Thai riots in Phnom Penh, a Thai foreign ministry statement said Saturday.

The agreement to restore normal bilateral ties was reached by Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai and his counterpart Hor Nam Hong on Friday during a meeting in the Cambodian town of Siem Reap.

Thailand broke off diplomatic relations in January after Cambodian rioters attacked, looted and burnt Thailand's embassy and several Thai- owned businesses in Phnom Penh.

At the ministers' meeting on Friday, Surakiart expressed appreciation for the "sincere and active endeavours" of the Cambodian government to restore full trust and confidence, the Thai foreign ministry statement said.

Cambodia has already paid 250 million baht (5.8 million U.S. dollars) to compensate Thailand for damage to its Phnom Penh embassy.

The Cambodian government has also agreed to compensate damage to a Thai-owned hotel, and is negotiating reparations with five Thai companies whose premises were attacked in the riots, the Bangkok Post reported.


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