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Thailand, Cambodia Meet UN Security Council

UPDATE : 14 February 2011

The Thai and Cambodian foreign ministers
will be presenting information concerning the two countries’ recent
border battle to the United Nations.

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong has said he will inform the
United Nations that his country had been invaded by Thailand and will
ask for its help to end the conflict.

His remark was in line with the request by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun
Sen for the UN to send its a peacekeeping force to the Thai-Cambodian
border area.

Meanwhile, the Thai government is preparing to argue that Cambodia
opened fire first and it will present evidence on Cambodia’s use of the
Preah Vihear Temple as its military base to attack Thailand.

The Thai government still asserts that the conflict must be resolved on a
bilateral basis and turns down any intervention by a third country.

The Thai Foreign Ministry stated the meeting with the UN scheduled at 10
A.M. tonight is aimed at giving information and the move does not mean
that it will mediate the two countries’ dispute.

In a related development, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, said Koichiro Matsuura has been named
its special envoy to visit both Thailand and Cambodia to look into the
dispute over the Preah Vihear Temple but his schedule remains
inconclusive.

At the same time, Indonesia, as the chair of the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, for this year, will invite the
foreign ministers of its ten member countries to participate in a
meeting on February 22 to seek a way out for the Thai-Cambodian border
conflict.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, who visited Thailand and
Cambodia last week, said ASEAN still supports the two countries to
resolve their dispute through bilateral means.

Thai ASEAN Network
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