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Cambodia welcomes Thai intention to ask observers from Indonesia to border disputed area

Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong
said Monday that Cambodia welcomes Thailand’s intention to ask
Indonesia to send observers to embed in Thai side’s troops in the
border conflict near the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.

“Now
Thailand agreed with the observers, it’s the best, so it will be
positive step in the meeting in Jakarta on Feb. 22,” he told reporters
on Monday morning at Phnom Penh International Airport before departing
for the foreign ministers’ meeting of the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia to hear of the border
dispute between Cambodia and Thailand.

“This is the result of
our complaint to the United Nations Security Council because we had
asked to the UNSC for observers to the disputed border areas to ensure
cease-fire and to observe who the real invader is– as both sides
always put the blame on each other,” he added.

Hor Namhong’s
remark was made following a Sunday’s announcement by Thai Foreign
Minister Kasit Piromya that Thailand planned to invite Indonesia to
send observers to “embed” with Thai soldiers at the border where Thai
troops clashed with Cambodian troops.

“We would ask Indonesia,
chair of ASEAN, to dispatch observers to embed with the Thai troops at
the border where the Thai troops clashed with Cambodian troops. The
observers will be our witness that we respect the ceasefire,” The
Nation quoted Kasit as saying on Sunday.

During the upcoming
ASEAN foreign ministers’meeting, Cambodia will ask Thailand to sign a
permanent ceasefire under the witness of ASEAN chair or representative
and it will also ask ASEAN observers to the disputed areas to ensure
the permanent ceasefire.

“Cambodia has a strong confidence on ASEAN in meditating the conflict,” he said.

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, triggering 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 killed and wounded many soldiers and
citizens of both sides, and caused tens of thousands of the two
countries’ villagers nearby the disputed areas fleeing for safe
shelters.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Source: Xinhua

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