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Asean chair backs bilateral solution

The Thai-Cambodian border dispute must be
resolved bilaterally, Indonesian Foreign Minister and current Asean
chairman Marty Natalegawa said after meeting Foreign Minister Kasit
Piromya on Tuesday.
Mr Natalegawa, who met Cambodian foreign minister Hor Namhong on
Monday, said Thailand and Cambodia should settle their border dispute 
through two-party negotiations.

“But at the same time, there is always space for Asean and members of Asean to support the bilateral effort.

“Any
engagement by Asean and by any individual country is not to replace the
bilateral approach, but contrarily to support the bilateral approach,”
said the Indonesian Foreign Minister.

He said he got a clear
message from Phnom Penh and Bangkok that both countries had a
commitment to address this border conflict through peaceful means and
dialogue.

A couple of Thai soldiers near the Thai-Cambodian border
We are the family of Asean nations and there are ways and means for us
to resolve whatever problems we have through negotiation and dialogue,”
Mr Natalegawa said.

He said both countries also said the
situation had stabilised, but he would like to see the ceasefire be
made more stable and consistent.

“Indonesia will be very happy
if we are included in any conversation or any communication that the
two governments may have on ways and means to ensure the continuity of
ceasefire,” he said.

Vietnam, another Asean member, has also
called on Phnom Penh and Bangkok to end their border conflict around
Preah Vihear temple through peaceful negotiations based on
international law and the United Nations charter.

Foreign
Ministry spokesman Thani Thongphakdee said Thailand and Cambodia will
hold a round of talks on the border issue later this month.

Cambodia’s
ambassador to Thailand You Ay took a similar tone, saying the border
issue should be settled peacefully at the bilateral level.

Speaking
at the Couple of Love and Rival seminar on Tuesday morning, she said
people should not politicise the border issue. It should be addressed
at the bilateral level within the framework of the Thailand-Cambodia
Joint Boundary Commission (JBC).

Cambodia’s ambassador to Thailand You Ay
The border row would jeopardise regional cooperation in Southeast
Asia, such as the single-visa agreement under the Acmecs (Ayeyawady –
Chao Phraya – Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy) scheme, she said.

“Educators need to teach the true history of both countries to the young generation,” she said.

The
Cambodian envoy also urged the Thai public to be well aware of the
neutral voices, which do not take sides and have good faith.

She
said the Bayon temple, a World Heritage site in Siem Reap, has 54
towers each representing the 54 provinces of the ancient Khmer empire.

“Cambodia now has only 24 provinces, because 17 of the others are in Vietnam and 13 in Thailand.

“Thai and Cambodian people share the same DNA as a consequence,” she said.

She
said Cambodia had never thought about claiming its 13 former provinces
in Thailand, as both countries must co-exist side by side.

The
border issue stemmed from the different maps used by the two countries.
Cambodia used La Carte de l’annexe I which was an integral part of the
(border) treaty settlement and widely-accepted internationally, while
Thailand used the map unilaterally produced during 1970-1975 during the
time of the Kampuchea democratic government, she said.

In a time
of peace, the Joint Border Committee was the suitable mechanism to deal
with border dispute, but in the armed border conflicts like this, the
multilateral mechanism such as the International Court of Justice
should be the proper venue, said the Cambodian ambassador.

Cambodia’s
KI Media website reported that Cambodian foreign minister Hor Namhong
told Mr Natalegawa that the Thai military began firing first in the
four clashes on the border over the last few days.

The website
reported that during the meeting with Mr Natalegawa in Phnom Penh
yesterday Mr Namhong accused Thailand of instigating each of the four
clashes, begining on Feb 4.

The Cambodian foreign minister said
after the meeting that he told Mr Natalegawa that five Cambodian
soldiers were killed and 45 others were injured, according to the
website. People in disputed areas had been evacuated.

Since Feb
4 the border clashes have caused three deaths in Thailand, one civilian
and two soldiers, and 25 injuries, with five Cambodians reported dead
and 45 injured.

A Thai soldier who was seriously wounded during
the Cambodian artillery shelling of Thailand on Sunday night was
reported to have died at Sapphasithiprasong Hospital in Ubon
Ratchathani province today.

Sgt Thanakorn Poonperm, 30, of Task Force 23, was admitted to the
hospital after being wounded on Sunday night, when Cambodia fired
artillery shells across a 5-kilometre stretch of the border between Non
Ao and Phum Srol villages in Kantharalak district of Si Sa Ket province.

He was pronounced dead on Tuesday.

Pvt Songkran Thongchompoo
Army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Pvt Songkran Thongchompoo, a
Thai soldier who was captured by Cambodian troops during the fighting
over the weekend was released on Tuesday morning.

Col Sansern
said Pvt Songkran was handed over to the Thai military attache to Phnom
Penh and the soldier was returning to Thailand.

There were no clashes between Thai and Cambodian forces overnight, the spokesman said.

Si
Sa Ket governor Somsak Suwansucharit said about 16,000 people had been
evacuated from their homes in villages along the Thai-Cambodian border.
They were staying  at 40 holding centres.

The villagers would not be allowed to return to their homes until it is certain the situation has returned to normal, he said.

Thai villagers near the Thai-Cambodian border receive relief kits
The
governor said seven houses in border villages had completely burned
down after being hit by shells during in the cross-border fire. The
government will help build new houses for the families, Mr Somsak said.
Bangkok Post
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  1. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 2:50 am

    still bilateral???? 3 years with no progress!!! what the fuck he wants khmer to do so!!!
    we r poor, no one helps!!!

  2. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Fucking idiot of Asean chair about bilateral solution! He stands at rich country…! he dont know the value of poor people trying to protect own land and temple from robber baron…..! Motherfucker Asean Char…!

  3. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 2:55 am

    becos he thinks it may not a big problem!! Khmer soldiers should open fire right now to enlarge the war!!! and call again for intervention

  4. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 2:57 am

    whatta fuck of his idiotic thought! We need peace and no-blood end for our poor people soon. How many time of bilateral solutions did Ahbisit play? and then used forces to welcome Khmer!

  5. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Holy fucking shit!!!!! No more bilateral solution. This is just Siam's fucking excuse to delay and transfer its fucking internal political crisis to border issue with Cambodia … Siam Motherfuckers!!!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Who fired to whom first is not important. Cambodian have right to protect from whom invade our country.

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