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No foreign involvement in Thai-Cambodian border clash: Thai government

BANGKOK, Feb 7 – Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said it would send
a second letter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Monday
evening clarifying the latest border clash between Thai and Cambodian
troops in which the neighbour’s troops had begun the attack despite a
ceasefire, with Thailand insisting that the problem should be resolved
at the bilateral level.

“Thailand reserved the right to work out the problem bilaterally which
is seen as the best solution. We would like to affirm that the clash
was clearly an attempt to internationalise the issue and bring other
countries to be involved in the territorial and national sovereignty
dispute, which will only worsen the problem,” said acting Thai
government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn in a joint news conference
Monday afternoon with army spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd and
Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, secretary to the Thai foreign minister.

The Thai government made its stance clear after Cambodian Prime
Minister Hun Sen sent a letter to the UN Security Council Sunday
calling for an emergency meeting to help end the fighting.

“We need the United Nations to send forces here and create a buffer
zone to guarantee that there is no more fighting,” Hun Sen said,
adding that the situation kept deteriorating and the two sides were no
longer listening to each other.

Mr Chavanond said the Thai foreign ministry will send a second letter
to the Security Council Monday evening, reasserting to the world body
that Cambodia had begun firing at the Thai troops on Sunday despite
both sides having agreed to a ceasefire near the disputed Preah Vihear
temple the day before.

He also noted that the Cambodian government has sent its second letter
of complaint to the Security Council while the clash was going on, the
action in which he described as “very fast”.

The Thai army spokesman reported, since the fighting erupted Friday,
one Thai soldier was killed, 25 were wounded and one civilian died in
the clashes. One Thai soldier was also detained as captive after he got
lost in Cambodian territory during the exchange of gunfire.

The army spokesman said it is still unconfirmed whether the detained
soldier will be taken to the Cambodian court. The UN charter states
that a soldier can be detained until the war ends, but release is
possible through talks.

Following Cambodia’s claim that the controversial Wat Kaew Sikha Khiri
Sawara was damaged by the Thai troops, Col Sansern said he could not
comment about the extent of the damage as he had not seen it himself.

Col Sansern added that officials at the operational level of both
countries are still contacting each other but noted that the more
senior Cambodian officials may not be receiving correct information as
the Cambodian government’s stance contradicts what had happened in the
field.

The army spokesman said that the Thailand-Cambodia Joint Boundary
Commission (JBC) will still be held at the end of this month as earlier
agreed by Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya and his Cambodian
counterpart Hor Namhong. (MCOT online news)

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