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BRIEF: US urges Thailand and Cambodia to exercise restraint

BANGKOK (THE NATION-THAILAND/ANN) — Washington has urged
Thailand and Cambodia to exercise restraint amid reports of armed
confrontation on their international border.
“We are closely following events on the Thailand-Cambodia border
after reports of an armed confrontation between security forces on
February 4,” State Department spokesman P J Crowley said in a statement
Friday (February 4).

“The US urges both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take all
necessary steps to reduce tensions and avoid further conflict,” he said.

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Artillery exchanges between Thailand and Cambodia on Friday in the
disputed area near the Hindu Preah Vihear Temple killed at least six
soldiers and civilians on both sides as well as damaged property in one
of the worst border flare-ups in a decade.

The skirmish forced 3,000 local Thai villagers to evacuate to safe place.

The fighting started again on Saturday morning. Sounds of artillery
shootings were heard. One Thai soldier was reportedly killed and some
others injured.

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