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30 observers to be sent to Cambodia-Thai border dispute areas

Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and
International Cooperation Hor Namhong said Wednesday that 30 Indonesian
observers will be dispatched to the border disputed areas near the 11th
century Preah Vihear temple soon in order to monitor the ceasefire
between Cambodia and Thailand.

“As I know Indonesia has already
prepared 15 observers for Cambodian side and other 15 for Thai side,”
said Hor Namhong at Phnom Penh International Airport upon his arrival
from the ASEAN foreign ministers’meeting in Jakarta

“The
observers will not be equipped with weapons–they are observers, not
peacekeepers. They just come to monitor ceasefire,” he said.

“I
asked the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting to sent the observers, the
sooner the better as the border situation is still fragile despite
ceasefire,” he said.

Hor gave reporters a brief introduction
about the results of ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting: firstly, ASEAN
supported the Cambodian and Thai commitments to avoid further weapon
eruption, meaning respecting ceasefire that both military commanders
agreed on Feb. 19.

Secondly, ASEAN welcomed the invitations
of Cambodia and Thailand to ask Indonesian observers to observe at the
border area next to Preah Vihear temple to ensure ceasefire,” he said.

“Thirdly,
every meeting of Cambodian and Thai foreign ministers, defense
ministers and Joint Border Commission (JBC) will be held with the
presence of ASEAN chair or ASEAN representative,” he added

However,
he said that the meeting of JBC will not be held if the Indonesian
observers have not been sent to the area and Thai parliament has not
adopted the three agreements signed by the JBC in the previous meetings.

The International Court of Justice awarded Preah Vihear temple to Cambodia in 1962.

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. 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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