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Thai PM reiterates ASEAN will not intervene in Thai-Cambodian talks on border dispute

BANGKOK, Feb 20 — With only two days left before foreign ministers of the Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet in Jakarta to explore ways on
ending border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia, Thai Prime
Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reiterated Sunday that ASEAN would not involve itself in border conflict matters to be discussed by the two neighbouring countries.
Mr Abhisit said during his weekly TV and radio address that the 10-member ASEAN regional grouping would act as “coordinator, witness and provide facility only”
while he and concerned ministers including foreign affairs, defence and
the natural resources and environment would be responsible for
informing the world community to better understand the ongoing border
situation.
He said he had discussed on
telephone with Irina Bokova, director-general of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on tensions
between Thailand and Cambodia as a result of the listing of the Preah
Vihear temple as a World Heritage site and it is, therefore, better to suspend the process for the time being until the border problem is settled.

A four-day bloody clashes
between soldiers of the two countries erupted near the ancient temple
on February 4, killing and wounding many people on both sides as well
as forcing evacuation of villagers living near the disputed area.
Meanwhile, the general
atmosphere at the Thai border checkpoint in Si Sa Ket province was very
quiet Sunday as Cambodians and Thais were reluctant to cross each
border for trade.(MCOT online news)
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