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ASEAN chief: Thailand, Cambodia should allow ASEAN to help ease conflict

BANGKOK, Feb 5 — Thailand and Cambodia should allow fellow
members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help
settle their ongoing fierce fighting at the disputed border which
entered a second day Saturday, said ASEAN secretary-general Surin
Pitsuwan.

According to Mr Surin, a former Thailand foreign minister, the
situation has escalated into open conflict, and that it would
definitely affect ASEAN economic development, confidence in the region,
tourism, and prospects for foreign investment, which have just begun
picking up in light of the world economic recovery.

He said he had sent letters to Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit
Piromya and his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong to quickly find ways
to end the conflict and exercise the utmost restraint so that both
parties could return to the negotiating table.

Surin said he had been in touch with both sides, who he understood each welcomed ASEAN mediation.

As current chairholder of ASEAN, Indonesia is preparing to issue a
statement expressing concerns over the tense situation along the
Thai-Cambodian border, Mr Surin said.

He said both Thai and Cambodian foreign ministers have agreed to allow
ASEAN to play a larger mediation role aimed at ending the fighting as
short term measures but the format of ASEAN’s role was not clearly
specify.

Both countries, along with Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar,
the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, are member states of ASEAN.
(MCOT online news)

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