UN Welcomes ASEAN’s Role to Mediate Border Issues
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 08:04 DAP-NEWS/VIBOL
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, FEB 08, 2011-The UN has welcomed ASEAN’s role to help mediate the border issues between Cambodia and Thailand, leading the deadly armed clashes, a Cambodian official said on Tuesday.
“If ASEAN cannot help resolve the problem, the UN Security Council will be like to call on Friday or next Monday over the border issues,” Koy Kuong, spokesman for foreign ministry said.
Yesterday, Indonesia Foreign Minister met his Cambodian counterpart in Phnom Penh and today He will meet with His Thai counterpart to seek understanding about the recent armed clashed and situation at the border of the two countries.
Indonesian Foreign Minister told a press conference in Phnom Penh that ASEAN will create ASEAN Community in 2015 and we do not want to hear the gun fire. Indonesia this year is hosting the chairman of ASEAN.
Cambodia filed complaint with the UN Security Council about the Thai invasion near the 11th century Khmer Preah Vihear temple and PM Hun Sen yesterday asked the urgent intervention on the issues. He also appealed to The UN to call on an urgent meeting about Thai invasion.
Thai troops invade Cambodia on July 15. 2008. Thai forces want to take 4.6 square kilometers near the temple through unilateral map.
Dr. Sok Touch, scholar of political science of Royal Academy of Cambodia said that Bangkok administration must stop invading Cambodian territory. “Bangkok administration and Thai troops are similar to Hilter and German troops in the Second World War which invaded Poland. They used unilateral map to invade neighboring countries,Dr Sok Touch said. He also condemned the actions of Thai troop s which destroyed some parts of the Preah Vihear temple which has universal values.
Cambodia Released a Thai Soldier
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:22 DAP-NEWS/VIBOL
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA, FEB 08, 2011-Royal Cambodian Armed Forces on Tuesday released a Thai soldier who captured during the fighting at the border area on February 5 near the 900 -years old Khmer Preah Vihear temple.
The release was made at the Cambodian defense ministry at 10 AM today after the request from Thai side, the official of ministry said, adding that the ministry told the foreign military attaches to Cambodia in a ceremony about the release of prisoner of war. Previously, Thai side refused about the prisoner of war and said the Thai soldier lost to Cambodian sovereignty.
Cambodian PM Hun Sen yesterday said that the Thai soldiers were too weak and the arrest occurred because Thai soldiers invaded Cambodian territory.
Thai troops invaded Cambodia on July 2008 after Cambodia successfully enlisted the temple with the world heritage site. Thai side has opposed the management and development plan of the temple, which contains universal values. Cambodia will submit the plan to world heritage committee in Bahrain this year.
Hor Namhong, Foreign Minister said yesterday that so far 5 Cambodian soldiers have died and 45 injured.