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Thailand ready for ceasefire, peaceful solution for border dispute

BANGKOK, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) — Thailand never has ill
intention against Cambodia and the country supports “permanent
ceasefire” and peaceful means to tackle border issue with its neighbor,
Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said early Tuesday morning.

Kasit made the phone call to give an interview with National
Broadcasting of Thailand (NBT) at 6.30 a.m. (11.30 p.m. GMT) after he
finished closed meeting with the UN Security Council (UNSC) in New York
where he addressed Thailand’s stand on bilateral negotiation in dealing
with the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia.

Kasit said that Thailand would like to see development in Cambodia
and the country has consistently invested in and traded with its
neighboring country.

“Both Thailand and Cambodia are member countries of the Association
of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) who are bound to create ASEAN
Community in 2015, so there is no reason to make problems between us,”
he said.

Thai FM also insisted that contentious encryption of the ancient
Preah Vihear temple as the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site as well as
development plan of the surrounding area must be halted until
negotiation on border demarcation between Thailand and Cambodia could
reach agreement.

“The listing of Preah Vihear temple was seen as the source of fresh
tension and had frequently led to cross-border clashes,” Kasit said.

He said Thailand supports “permanent ceasefire” agreement and the
country could implement it soon after defense ministers of both
countries hold talks. Thailand is ready to go back to negotiating table
which both countries solve problems bilaterally.

“Thailand has proposed to hold Joint Boundary Commission (JBC)
meeting on Feb 27 and Cambodia should express her sincerity to solve
border issue by joining the talks,” Thai FM said.

The UNSC called Monday for a “permanent ceasefire” between Thailand
and Cambodian and expressed that the members would like to see both
countries resort to bilateral negotiation in handling border conflict.

Border clashes between Thailand and Cambodia erupting on Feb. 4 and
lasting until Feb 7 left many soldiers and civilians on both sides dead
and injured. Both claimed the other side started attacking first.

Cambodia last week submitted petitions to UNSC calling for
international intervention in handling the issue. The two countries
finally decided to address the issue with UNSC in New York on Monday.

The International Court of Justice ruled in 1962 that the temple
belonged to Cambodia but the problem of ownership of the stretch of
4.6-square-kilometre (1.8-square-mile) surrounding land has never been
solved.

Source: Xinhua

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