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Cambodia conflict should end, Army chief says

Thai Army chief Prayuth Chan-o-cha said yesterday he believed armed
conflict with neighbouring Cambodia would cease following the United
Nations Security Council meeting.

The situation along the border area adjacent to the Hindu temple at
Preah Vihear was calm. Villagers had already returned home, he said, and
the Army had deployed troops in many locations to prevent more clashes

“The number of troops stationed at border areas is enough to protect the country,” he said.
Thailand
and Cambodia are at loggerheads over the boundary issue and skirmishes
on February 4-7 in the Preah Vihear vicinity killed at least 10 people,
including Thai and Cambodian civilians.
Thai and Cambodian foreign
ministers have gone to New York to discuss the conflict at the UN
Security Council, which wants to end the fighting. Both sides have
blamed each other for starting the border flare-up.
Phnom Penh has
asked the UN to ensure a ‘permanent cease-fire’ at Preah Vihear, which
was listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008.
Thailand has insisted on bilateral talks to end the conflict, and doubts whether the UN will agree with Phnom Penh’s proposal.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) also wants a role in mediating the conflict between two of its members.
Indonesia,
the current chair of the regional group, will convene a meeting in
Jakarta on Feb 22 to explore ways to settle the dispute.
Indonesian
Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa was also at the UNSC meeting in New
York with his Thai and Cambodian counterparts. He expected the UNSC to
throw the issue back to the regional forum, Asean.
However observers say Asean is unlikely to have any concrete ideas on settling the conflict and bringing permanent peace between the two countries.
Diplomatic sources said Asean would
hold an informal meeting late this month, avoiding formality or direct
mediation. Bangkok would feel uncomfortable with any mediation of the
conflict, the diplomats said.

 The Nation

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