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UNSC to hear border claims [Cambodian PM accuses Abhisit of war crimes ]

Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to address the UN Security Council on
Monday as part of efforts to resolve the border conflict.
M60A1 tanks are transported to Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district to
reinforce troops along the Cambodian border following clashes over four
days starting last Friday near Preah Vihear temple. JETJARAS NA RANONG
The meeting is expected to present an opportunity for Foreign
Minister Kasit Piromya to come face to face with his Cambodian
counterpart Hor Namhong to discuss a solution.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Thani Thongpakdi said the UNSC
had invited the Asean chairman, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty
Natalegawa, Mr Kasit and Hor Namhong to clarify events surrounding the
recent military clashes and the issues dogging efforts to find a
solution to the border problem.
Mr Kasit would take the opportunity to discuss solutions with Hor Namhong on the sidelines of the meeting, Mr Thani said.
The spokesman reiterated the UNSC was not acting as a mediator but
both sides had agreed that if they present the facts directly to the
world body, it would be useful for the council.
Despite apparent headway in diplomatic efforts, tensions remained
evident on both sides of the border near Preah Vihear temple yesterday.
More heavy armament was seen being deployed along the border by both
countries which has raised concern over possible renewed fighting.
More than 30 M60A1 tanks from the Lop Buri-based 5th Cavalry
Battalion rolled into Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district yesterday
morning, much to the excitement of local residents.
A large number of troop reinforcements were mobilised in the province under what the army called a “territorial defence plan”.
An army source said the mobilisation of extra forces was intended to
send a signal to Cambodia and back the Foreign Ministry’s and the
government’s planned talks with Phnom Penh.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen indicated yesterday he had no
intention of backing down soon, accusing Thailand of committing war
crimes in the four days of cross border shelling that resulted in at
least eight deaths and scores of injuries on both sides.
He and Cambodia’s deputy army chief, Gen Hing Bunheang, also accused
Thailand of using cluster bombs during the clashes, according to the
Phnom Penh Post. Thai army sources furiously denied the claims, saying
only conventional weapons were being used.
“Thailand is making this war, not Cambodia, and Thai Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva must take responsibility for these war crimes,” Hun
Sen said, adding the conflict was not just an armed clash but a “real
war”.
“The shelling at the temple and pagoda are one among the war
crimes,” he said. “We have to take prolonged action, not just one or
two days to finish it … We have to make a long-term strategy to
struggle with Thailand … To struggle with Thailand takes not one day,
one year, [but] many years,” the Cambodian leader was quoted by Phnom
Penh Post as saying.
Prime Minister Abhisit said yesterday he affirmed with United
Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon that Thailand exercised the right
to defend itself when the border clashes erupted.
He said Thai retaliation was proportionate with Cambodia’s use of
force and it did not target civilians in the military offensive.
He told the UN chief in a telephone call that over 10,000 villagers were evacuated for safety reasons.
He said he was ready to send photos to the United Nations to prove
that Preah Vihear temple was being used to mount attacks on Thailand.
The UN chief inquired about the damage to Preah Vihear and agreed to discuss the issue with Unesco, Mr Abhisit said.
“I reminded him of what I told him last year. The listing and the
management plan would intensify the tension. The UN chief agreed to
discuss the matter with Unesco,” he said.
Mr Abhisit said the dispute could still be resolved through bilateral talks as widely anticipated.
“The defence ministers of both countries have agreed to hold talks.
So the efforts to resolve the issue at the bilateral level, as the UN
wants to see, are still on,” he said.
Mr Abhisit expressed confidence that the UN was likely to support
attempts to resolve the border conflict at the bilateral level.
Bangkok Post
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  1. Anonymous
    February 10, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Thailand Special Weapons
    According to the Congressional Research Service report, “Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles: The Current Situation and Trends,” Aug. 10, 2001. Thailand is suspected of having a chemical weapons program. This cannot be verified by other sources, though three Thailand companies were sanctioned by the U.S. in 1994 for chemical weapons proliferation. Thailand ratified the CWC in 2002.

  2. Anonymous
    February 10, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Cambodia is gathering banned weapons in which the Thai invaders used during their massive attack on Cambodia. This will be a big show at the UN.

    If they can't have the temple, mind as well destroy it. This is their evil mentality. They just can't have enough of Cambodia. Their are hundreds of Khmer temples in Siemland already, and now they have to add Preah Vihear to their collection.

    Ultimately, the ICJ case will reopen again…and Cambodia will ultimately shame Siem again at the international arena…

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