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Cambodia PM gives ultimatum to Laos over 'invasion'

Cambodia PM gives ultimatum to Laos over 'invasion'
From Al Jazeera - August 11, 2017

Cambodia's prime minister on Friday issued a six-day ultimatum to Laos to pull back its troops who have allegedly trespassed into a border area or face a military response.

About 30 Laos soldiers crossed into Cambodian territory in April in northern Stung Treng province despite repeated requests by Phnom Penh for them to leave the area, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

He said he had been in touch with the government in Laos.

"I appeal to Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith to withdraw troops from Cambodian territory without any conditions," Hun Sen said during a ceremony in the capital, Phnom Penh.

Military commanders have been ordered to deploy troops along with multiple rocket launchers to the border area, he said, giving Laos the "ultimatum" of pulling out by August 17.

"We are friends, but a friend cannot step on [our] head," he said, adding he was running out of patience with "the invasion" by Laos troops.

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