Monday, 7 February 2011

Cambodia PM seeks UNSC to resolve border dispute with Thailand

via CAAI  

PHNOM PENH, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday night sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council requesting to convene an urgent meeting to stop Thai invasion into Cambodian territory.

In a letter written to Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, president of the UNSC on Sunday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that "once, despite negotiation by the field commander of both sides for a cease fire on Feb. 6, 2011, at 18:20, Thai armed forces launched a full scale armed aggression against Cambodia, using heavy sophisticated weapons including many 105, 120, 130 155 artillery shells which were fired into the temple of Preah Vihear, a World Heritage, the region of Tasem, Veal Intry and Phnom Trap hill and others."

"All these areas are well inside Cambodian territory. Thai artillery shells have landed as far as approximately 20 km inside the Cambodian territory," he said.

"While I write this letter to Your Excellency, Thai armed forces still continue firing of heavy weapons into Cambodian territory," he said. "This fresh onslaught by Thai armed forces has resulted in more human casualties and damages to the temple of Preah Vihear as well as other properties," he continued.

"Considering this recent extremely grave by Thailand, which has gravely threatened peace and stability in the region, I earnestly request Your Excellency to convene an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council so as to stop Thailand's aggression," said the premier in the letter.

The premier also requested the president to "circulate this letter to all members of the United Nations Security Council as an official document.

This is the second letter Cambodia sent to UNSC to complain about Thai aggression after the first one by Cambodian Foreign Ministry on Feb. 5.

The premier's letter was made following the three military clashes between Cambodian and Thai troops within three days over the border disputed areas near Preah Vihear Temple.

The clashes left dozens of the two countries' soldiers and locals killed and injured; and ten thousands of villagers of the two countries near the disputed border areas fled their homes for safe shelters.

Editor: Mo Hong'e

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