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Hun Sen lauds Indonesia talks

Prime Minister Hun Sen has praised the role of Indonesia in mediating
between Thailand and Cambodia following deadly clashes along their
shared border earlier this month that left at least 10 people dead and
displaced thousands of civilians.
Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures while speaking at the Interior Ministry in Phnom Penh yesterday. Photo by: Pha Lina
Foreign Minister Hor Namhong
joined Thailand’s Kasit Piromya and the rest of the foreign ministers
from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Jakarta
this week for a meeting to address the dispute.

While not
adopting a formal ceasefire, Thailand and Cambodia agreed to allow a
delegation of unarmed Indonesian observers to join troops on both sides
of the border near Preah Vihear temple to monitor the situation.

In
an address yesterday at the Ministry of Interior, Hun Sen praised the
result of the meeting and said he hoped Indonesia would continue to
mediate in the dispute even after it gives up its position as ASEAN
chair at the end of this year, at which time Cambodia will take up the
post.

“Indonesia now plays a significant role in the region, and
therefore Indonesia should continue this role,” Hun Sen said. “Our idea
is to request that Indonesia continue in its role on behalf of ASEAN.”

Cambodia
and Thailand have agreed to meet for bilateral talks on the border
dispute in a third country, most likely Indonesia. Hun Sen said
yesterday that these talks would begin between the defence ministers of
the two countries rather than with their Joint Border Committee.
Thailand and Cambodia have been demarcating their shared border under
the auspices of the JBC, though talks have been stalled since 2009,
pending the repeatedly delayed approval of the latest negotiations in
the Thai parliament.

The Bangkok Post reported yesterday that
Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva said Thailand was prepared to launch a
“full retaliatory attack” if Cambodian troops entered its territory,
comments that prompted Hun Sen to compare him to a “drummer preparing
for war”. Hun Sen said Kingdom forces had been instructed only to
protect Cambodia’s sovereignty and not to cross into Thailand.

In
an unrelated digression yesterday, the Premier also warned that the
government would take action against any motorists caught drag racing
in their cars.

“Those car racers will have to go to court and
sleep in prison,” he said. “They have money to buy cars, so they should
not hesitate to pay their fines.”

Phnom Penh Post
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