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Abhisit to call UN Sec-Gen over border clashes

BANGKOK, Tuesday 8 February 2011 (Bernama)
— Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will call United Nations
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tonight to explain Bangkok’s side of the
story related to its recent clashes with Phnom Penh.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, right, talks with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during Ban’s visit to Government House in Bangkok, Thailand Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010. Ban started a four-country Asian tour Tuesday in Bangkok.
“I will call the UN Secretary-General at 8pm (Malaysian time: 9pm),”
he told reporters after chairing a National Security Council meeting,
here.
The premier said he would explain to the UN Chief that Thai troops
had never attacked Cambodian troops first as claimed by Phnom Penh.
“We had also never attacked civilians,” he said.
The telephone call is in addition to the letter sent by Bangkok to
the United Nations Security Council yesterday detailing what happened
during the clashes.
Phnom Penh too sent a letter to the UN Security Council on Sunday.
Abhisit said he would also tell Ban that more than 10,000 Thais had
been displaced as a result of four days of clashes since last Friday at
the disputed border area.
Two Thai soldiers and a civilian were killed while 24 other soldiers
were injured during the clashes which saw both sides using heavy
weapons including mortars, rockets and machine guns.
Both countries have been at loggerheads over an area of 4.6km square
which has yet to be demarcated near the Preah Vihear Temple, including
an area leading to the temple’s entrance and its surrounding.
The International Court of Justice ruled in 1962 that the 11th
century temple was located in Cambodia and in 2008 it was listed as a
World Heritage site by Unesco.
Abhisit also said that would also explain Bangkok’s position that
the settlement of the recent clashes and disputed border issues should
be done bilaterally with Phnom Penh.
He said Thai Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Suwit
Khunkitti would highlight to the World Heritage Committee on the misuse
of the temple as a base to launch attacks during the clashes by Phnom
Penh.
“It obviously contradicts with the temple’s role as a world heritage site as outlined by Unesco,” said Abhisit.
Sin Chew Jit Poh

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  1. Anonymous
    February 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Abhisit, you just said that your troops never attacked civilians. Shut your damn mouth up, how many innocent Khmers have your troops shot dead when Khmers were lost in the forest? Do you know Math? I wonder why you cannot add that up…

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