Monday, 21 February 2011

ASEAN ministers to seek solution of Thailand-Cambodia dispute

via CAAI


JAKARTA, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- All ASEAN foreign ministers are to hold a one-day informal meeting in Jakarta on Tuesday to find a solution for the border dispute of Thailand and Cambodia that has killed scores of people, Indonesian officials said here Monday.

Indonesia, the chairman of ASEAN, has taken initiative to bring the two countries to the negotiation table. "As ASEAN under the chairmanship of Indonesia, Indonesian President (Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) has asked to try to look for an initiative to settle the conflict of ASEAN members," presidential spokesman Teuku Faizasyah told Xinhua by phone.

All the ASEAN foreign ministers were to gather in the Indonesian Foreign Ministry Office on Tuesday for the informal ASEAN Minister Meeting, focusing on discussing for a way out of the border dispute, a press official of the ministry told Xinhua by phone.

Earlier this month, President Yudhoyono asked Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to visit both countries to encourage them to terminate the conflict through negotiation.

Military commanders of Cambodian and Thai armies have agreed for a ceasefire for the conflict in the areas near to the Preah Vihear Temple, after fire exchange clashes earlier this month that killed 10 people.

Editor: Xiong Tong

No comments: