Home > Local News > UN chief calls for end to hostilities, maximum restraint between Cambodia, Thailand

UN chief calls for end to hostilities, maximum restraint between Cambodia, Thailand

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on
Sunday said he is “deeply concerned” by reported armed clashes between
Cambodia and Thailand in their border area, and called on both sides to
make “an effective arrangement” to end hostilities and “exercise
maximum restraint.”
Villagers are evacuated from the border
near the Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province, some 500 km
northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Feb. 5, 2011. Thailand and
Cambodia on Saturday reached a ceasefire agreement to halt fighting
near a disputed temple, but border tensions remained high.
(Xinhua/Sovannara)
A statement, issued by Ban’s spokesman here
late Sunday, said, “The secretary-general is deeply concerned by
reports of repeated armed clashes between 4 and 6 February 2011 between
Cambodia and Thailand around their common border area, which has
reportedly claimed a number of lives and led to the displacement of
civilians and destruction of property.”

“The secretary-general
appeals to both sides to put in place an effective arrangement for
cessation of hostilities and to exercise maximum restraint,” the
statement said.

Ban “also calls on them to continue their
efforts to finding a lasting solution to their dispute through
established mechanisms and arrangements and a spirit of dialogue and
good neighbourly relations,” the statement said. “The United Nations
remains at their disposal to assist in these peaceful efforts.”

Villagers are evacuated with livestocks
near the Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province, some 500 km
northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Feb. 5, 2011. Thailand and
Cambodia on Saturday reached a ceasefire agreement to halt fighting
near a disputed temple, but border tensions remained high.
(Xinhua/Sovannara)
Cambodian
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday night sent a letter to the UN Security
Council requesting to convene an urgent meeting to stop Thai invasion
into Cambodian territory.

This is the latest round of crossfire
for the last three days between the two troops near Preah Vihear, an
11th-century temple around which a 4.6 sq km land was claimed by both
countries.

A soldier was killed and four others injured from
Thai side in Saturday’s fighting, according to the Thai government,
before the two sides agreed on a ceasefire later on the day.

Source: Xinhua

Advertisements
Categories: Local News
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: