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Cambodia Calls On UN In Thailand Clash

(NewsCore) – PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun
Sen urged the United Nations Sunday to help “stop the invasion by
Thailand,” according to a statement read on state-run television.

A
third round of border clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops in as
many days has damaged a disputed 11th-century temple, the Cambodian
government said.
The latest violence brings an end to a ceasefire put in place after earlier fighting left at least five people dead.
Both sides have accused the other of starting the clashes.

In
a request to the current president of the UN Security Council, Sen said
“please call an urgent meeting of the Security Council in order to stop
the invasion by Thailand.”

“We are fighting now, they started
firing at us first,” a Cambodian military commander said, referring to
Thai troops across the border.
Thai army spokesman Colonel
Sunsern Kaewkumnerd confirmed the renewed unrest, but accused the
Cambodian side of reigniting the violence by firing “fireworks” and
shooting.
“Thailand has retaliated. The fighting is still going on. There are no reports of casualties,” he said.
The
latest unrest comes a day after the neighbors agreed to a ceasefire to
end heavy fighting around the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple.
Both
sides claim the temple, which observers say is being used as a rallying
point to stir nationalist sentiment in both Thailand and Cambodia.
Ties between the neighbors have been strained since the temple was granted UN World Heritage status in July 2008.
The
World Court ruled in 1962 that Preah Vihear itself belonged to
Cambodia, although its main entrance lies in Thailand and the
1.8-square-mile (4.6-square-kilometer) area around the temple is
claimed by both sides.
Source: AFP
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