Cambodia has asked that Thailand accelerate a plan to construct a hydroelectric dam on the Satuem Nam Reservoir, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra revealed today.
The prime minister, who was visited by his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen, admitted that the two countries did not see eye-to-eye on the exact location of the dam, but said that Cambodia would be happy for Thailand to go ahead with the project.
The Satuem Nam Dam would produce both electricity and water for Thailand’s parched North-east.
The two leaders also talked of activities to mark the 55th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between the two neighbouring countries, as well as Thai support for the construction of Cambodian roads, including R48 and R67, for which the agreements are currently being drafted.
Other issues on the agenda included labour migration, an industrial estate which Cambodia wants to build in the border region, and the encroachment by Cambodian villagers on the Khao Phra Vihear Temple site, which is causing wastewater to seep into Thailand.
Another topic for discussion was drugs, with Thailand urging Cambodia to pass legislation designating fetamine as an illegal substance.
The Cambodian premier and his wife paid a two-day offcial visit to Thailand, scheduled for 13-14 May, as the guest of the Thai government.
Prime Minister Thaksin hosted a dinner banquet in honour of them at the Royal Thai Navy’s Conference Hall here yesterday evening.
The diplomatic relationship between the two countries was restored last year after months of tensions as a result of arson attacks by Cambodian protestors on the Thai Embassy and other Thai interests in Phnom Penh two years ago.