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US backs Asean efforts to heal Thai-Cambodia spat

WASHINGTON – THE US has welcomed Asean’s efforts to resolve a deadly border dispute between member states Cambodia and Thailand.
Asean foreign
ministers hold a meeting in Jakarta February 22, 2011 to try to settle
a bloody border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia. (Photo: Reuters)
Forty
observers from Indonesia will monitor a cease-fire after violence broke
out this month near the ancient Preah Vihear temple, scene of a
long-running territorial dispute. Indonesia is current chair of the
South-east Asian grouping.
State Department
spokesman P.J. Crowley said on Wednesday the US also supports the Asean
foreign ministers’ call for Cambodia and Thailand to resume bilateral
negotiations ‘at the earliest opportunity.’
The 10-nation group, long criticised as ineffectual, is trying to take a more active role in regional affairs.
 
At least eight people have died in the recent fighting, and thousands have been displaced. — AP
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