Thailand Cambodia 2nd

April 23, 2011 by staff 

Thailand Cambodia 2nd, As the second day of fighting between Thai and Cambodian troops yesterday killed at least four soldiers, the border crisis is likely to cast a shadow on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit next month.

Indonesia, the current chairman of ASEAN, has urged restraint, and the 18 th ASEAN meeting to be held in Jakarta from 7 to 8, can draw attention to the role of capital.

As part of a ceasefire agreement, Thailand and Cambodia agreed on 22 February to allow unarmed military observers in Indonesia to be posted along the border.

But that agreement – negotiated in a meeting of ASEAN, at the request of the United Nations – has not yet been implemented. Thailand said that international observers were not required, insisting that neighbors should resolve the issue bilaterally.

“We call upon the leaders of Cambodia to return to the negotiating table,” said Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya. On Friday, said the international community had no place in this area, in response to a letter addressed to the ASEAN Cambodia, Thailand had organized indicating “a large-scale attack.”

The death toll mounted two days to 11 hours, the worst bloodshed since the UN called for a ceasefire in February.

Thousands of villagers have been evacuated from the border area in dispute in the thick jungles around the Ta Moan and Ta Krabey temples, about 150 kilometers west of the 900 years of Preah Vihear temple, which was a deadly standoff four days in February.

Thai Army Lt. Gen. Thawatchai Samutsakorn said a Thai soldier was killed. A local hospital said 13 wounded.

Mr. Suos Sothea, deputy commander of Cambodia’s artillery unit in the area, said 11 Cambodian soldiers were wounded, bringing the figure of two days of wounded on both sides by at least 43.

The Cambodian Defense Ministry condemned “these repeated acts of deliberate aggression” and called on Thailand to cease “hostilities.” Thailand was accused of firing cluster munitions – anti-personnel weapons banned by many countries – and 75 and 105 mm shells “loaded with poison gas.”

Mr. Piromya denied these accusations as “baseless.” Both countries have been locked in a stalemate since July 2008 when the temple of Preah Vihear was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site, which Thailand objected on the grounds that the land around the temple had not been defined.

An international court awarded the temple to Cambodia 49 years ago but both countries claim a patch of 4.6 square kilometers of land around it.

Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told The Bangkok Post on Friday that “Indonesia as chairman of the ASEAN calls for the cessation of hostilities.”

“I call on both parties to resolve their differences by peaceful means. The use of force has no place in relations between ASEAN member countries,” said the chairman of ASEAN.

However, admitted earlier this month that the conflict could have short-term negative impact on the creation of an ASEAN community, the Chinese news agency Xinhua. However he was optimistic about resolving the conflict.

“I think in the short term, my answer would be worrying, is creating special challenges for ASEAN, but in the long run, if we do well, will have a huge positive impact,” he said. He added that it was the first time that ASEAN member countries have tried to resolve such conflict directly. Agencies

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