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Someone explain why

THE guns went blazing anew in the jungle near the Preah Vihear Temple
as Thai and Cambodian troops clashed for the fourth straight day on
Monday over the disputed border area.
Thailand’s Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn speaks with Army
spokesman Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd before a news conference at
Government House in Bangkok.
When silence reigned after several hours of shelling and machine gun
fire, the Cambodian government said five people were killed and 45
injured on its side of the border. The deaths brought to 10 the number
of those killed while the wounded now placed at 85 with thousands
evacuated.
The conundrum about the newest round of clashes between Cambodian and
Thai troops is that there is no clear reason behind it. Both sides
blame each other for starting the clashes five days ago and for
breaking a shaky ceasefire agreed between the two armies on Friday
night.
Furthermore, the reports said the skirmishes could have occurred as
a result of a misunderstanding or a breakdown in communication
channels. With the deployment of more soldiers who are tensed and
unfamiliar with the terrain and the situation, something as simple as a
few warning shots or border patrols straying too far could have set
things off.
The acerbic exchange of words between Cambodian Prime Minister Hun
Sen and the Thai Foreign Ministry will definitely not help to
neutralise the tension. Hun Sen said his counterpart Abhisit Vejjajiva
was hungry for war while the Thai officials accused Cambodia of
committing an act of aggression in violation of Thai sovereignty and
territorial integrity.
This new round of gunfight will definitely not be the last armed
encounter to take place in the disputed border zone, and the landmark
temple will be a mute witness to many more needless bloodbaths and for
what? Over a stretch of jungle? For national pride? Lives are being
lost over murky reasons.
The Asean and not the UN should put an end to this needless loss of
lives. The regional body will also be the one at the losing end if the
Cambodia-Thailand struggle will persist. National pride is indeed
greatly valued in this region, but the two countries must remember that
ruling and talking through the barrel of the gun is not the answer.
-The Brunei Times/Asia News Network
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