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Kasit: EU backs bilateral solution

The European Union supports Thailand’s
determination to settle the border dispute with Cambodia through
bilateral talks, according to Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya.
Acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said on Tuesday
morning Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva received a phone call from
Foreign Minister Kasit, who is attending the Asean foreign ministers
meeting in Indonesia.

Mr Kasit told the premier he was making it
clear that Thailand’s stance remained unchanged. The country wanted to
resolve the conflict with Cambodia at the bilateral level within the
framework of the Thailand-Cambodia Joint Boundary Commission.

Thailand
was not against the idea of having other Asean members to observe the
situation on the disputed border, as they would bear witness that Thai
soldiers did not start any fighting  with Cambodia, the foreign
minister said.

The EU was concerned about the Thai-Cambodian
border clashes and agreed with the United Nations and Asean that the
two countries should address the problem themselves, he said.

Mr Kasit said he believed Cambodia would eventually accept Thailand’s bilateral solution.

Meanwhile,
reports said Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen had instructed Foreign
Minister Hor Nam Hong to cancel the plan to sign a ceasefire deal
agreement with Thailand.

The deal was to be signed at the Asean foreign ministers meeting in Jakarta.

Reports said Cambodia decided not to sign the truce since Thailand already asked Indonesia to observe the border situation.

Bangkok Post
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