Cambodian leader says border crisis with Laos averted

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, foreground, exits the plane as he arrives from a trip to Laos at the airport in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Saturday. (AP Photo)

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who threatened Friday to use force over a border crisis with neighbouring Laos, announced Saturday that the situation had been peacefully resolved after he made a lightning trip for face-to-face talks with his Laotian counterpart.

Hun Sen, an enthusiastic user of social media, announced on his Facebook page that he had successfully negotiated with Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith to have a small contingent of Laotian troops withdrawn from disputed frontier territory, with Cambodia also to remove its soldiers. His Facebook page showed video of the two leaders at a news conference.

Hun Sen flew to the Laotian capital, Vientiane, on Saturday morning, a trip announced just the day before, when he had set an Aug 17 deadline for Laotian troops to withdraw or be confronted by Cambodia's military.

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