Laos to withdraw troops

PHNOM PENH, Aug 12 – Cambodia and Laos reached an agreement for Lao soldiers to pull back from their shared border, easing the threat of a military confrontation.

The annoucement came after Prime Minister Hun Sen flew to Vientiane on Saturday to hold urgent talks with Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.

Hun Sen on Friday dispatched forces to the border and issued an ultimatum for Laos to withdraw the soldiers.

In a news conference after the meeting, the Lao leader said he had ordered the withdrawal.

“I’ve ordered the authorities involved to withdraw troops from that area by tomorrow morning,” Thongloun said.

Thongloun said he was sorry he had not responded to an August 2 letter from Hun Sen seeking the troop pull back.

“Anyway, the discussion today was frank and friendly, so that the area would not lead to forces being confrontational,” he said.


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