Cambodia's leader has offered words of peace to Thailand, a day after the United Nations rebuffed his request to intervene in his country's sporadic armed border conflict with its bigger neighbor.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that his country needs peace with its neighbors to foster development. He urged that the deadly border issue be quickly solved and that fighting not be allowed to spread, calling for "a border of peace, friendship and cooperation."
The U.N. Security Council expressed "grave concern" Monday at the clashes and called for a permanent cease-fire to resolve the conflict in the disputed land surrounding Preah Vihear temple, a U.N. World Heritage site. At least eight people have died in fighting that began Feb. 4.