Laos to withdraw troops as Hun Sen visits

Laos says it will withdraw troops as Cambodia's Hun Sen visits

Laos says it will withdraw troops as Cambodia's Hun Sen visits

Cambodia and Laos on Saturday on Saturday agreed to withdraw their troops from the border between them Cambodia had accused Laotian troops of encroaching on its territory.

Choung Chougy, Sok's lawyer, said the court's decision was unjust, adding that his client had submitted requests to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is the plaintiff in the case, to appear in court, which had been ignored.

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, broadcast live on Hun Sen's Facebook page with simultaneous translation into Khmer, the Lao leader said he had ordered the withdrawal.

Cambodian troops were seen riding through the capital Phnom Penh in armored military vehicles to reinforce defences at the border.

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

Laos wants Cambodia to stop clearing land along the border for road-building and allow checks by inspection panels from both countries.

For years Cambodia was locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Thailand over the ancient Preah Vihear temple near their shared border, with 28 people killed in the worst clashes in 2011.

"I've ordered the authorities involved to withdraw troops from that area by tomorrow morning", Thongloun said.