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Cambodia to ask Thailand to sign ceasefire agreement at ASEAN meeting: PM

Cambodia will ask Thailand to sign a
permanent ceasefire under the witness of ASEAN foreign ministers or
ASEAN chair on Feb. 22 in the ASEAN foreign ministers ‘ meeting in
Jakarta, Indonesia, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said during a rare
press conference on Thursday at the Government House.

“It will be better if ASEAN chair can sign in the permanent ceasefire,” said Hun Sen.

Meanwhile,
the premier put forward four points concerning the permanent ceasefire:
firstly, Cambodia and Thailand agreed to stop fighting for good and
permanently. No more weapon clashes forever;

Secondly, no mobile
of armed forces for this time and both sides maintain the same places
of armed forces to wait for the resolution on measuring and demarcating
the border;

Thirdly, Cambodia and Thailand encourage the two
countries’ army commanders to open talks to improve good cooperation in
order to make the situation returning to before July 15, 2008;

And fourth, to ensure the effectiveness of ceasefire, Cambodia will ask ASEAN countries to control of ceasefire.

“I
believe Thailand will not agree at this point, but if Thailand does not
agree the fourth point, Cambodia will agree to receive forces from
ASEAN countries to station in Cambodian territory to observe and ensure
the ceasefire,” Hun Sen added.

Hun Sen said that he has already
sent the four-point of the draft permanent ceasefire to Thailand Prime
Minister Abhisit through Thai Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwankiri,
who is now in Cambodia for the opening of Thai trade expo.

He
stressed that the multi-lateral talks would be used only in the border
dispute with Thailand. All the meetings, even the JBC (Cambodian-Thai
Joint Commission on Demarcation for Land Boundary ) meeting, must have
the participation of the ASEAN chair or representative, Thailand should
not be afraid of the third party.

“While other forums, besides
border dispute and Preah Vihear temple, will be done bilaterally, such
as trades, tourism, culture…,” Hun Sen said

“I appeal that we
don’t push the situation into the confrontation on all sectors,” he
said. “We should contain the dispute, not let it spread further.”

However,
on the issue of Preah Vihear temple, Hun Sen said that “we cannot walk
back on this issue, it’s the heritage left by our ancestors–I just
maintain and protect it for our next generation.We don’t want any land
from the other.”

Cambodia will welcome all types of observers
from ASEAN, he said. “Observers can be civilians, military or police,
they can be in group of ASEAN or each country can send their observers
to the disputed areas.”

Cambodia and Thailand have had border
conflict just a week after Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple was enlisted
as World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.

The conflict is due to
Thai claim of the ownership of 1.8 square miles (4.6 sq km) of scrub
next to the temple, which also result in a military build-up along the
border, and periodic clashes between Cambodian and Thai soldiers have
resulted in the deaths of troops on both sides.

The latest
clashes on Feb. 4-7, unleashed a barrage of artillery shells on both
sides of the border had claimed the lives of soldiers and civilians on
both sides and also caused ten of thousands of the two countries’
villagers nearby the disputed areas fleeing for safe shelters.

The
United Nations Security Council on Monday urged Cambodia and Thailand
to display maximum restraint and to establish a permanent ceasefire. It
also expressed support for the active efforts of ASEAN in the matter
and encouraged the parties to continue to cooperate with the
organization.

Source: Xinhua

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