PM to end missing link to Cambodia
- Published: 30/03/2013 at 03:38 PM
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SA KAEO - Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promised on Saturday to complete a missing rail link with Cambodia to foster closer ties with the neighbouring country.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gestures to the crowd during her visit to the border with Cambodia in Aranyaprathet district, Sa Kaeo, on Saturday. (Photo by Thanarak Khoonton)
Ms Yingluck inspected the damaged tracks from Aranyaprathet district in Sa Kaeo to the border with Poipet in Cambodia and directed officials to speed up restoring the connection.
The six-kilometre section has been left unmaintained for years, making rail travel to and from Cambodia impossible. The link is part of the 10 Asean countries' plan to build a regional railway network to connect with China.
Ms Yingluck made the trip to Sa Kaeo ahead of a mobile cabinet meeting to be held in Chachoengsao on Sunday.
The prime minister said she also supported the opening of the Ban Nong Ean checkpoint in Aranyaprathet district to connect with Ban Stung Bot in Banteay Meanchey province of Cambodia. However, she stressed that first the area must be confirmed as safe from landmines, which can still be found in the border area.
Thai and Cambodian officials surveyed the area early this month to ensure that the creation of the new checkpoint would not disturb their border demarcation work.
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