Wednesday, 9 February 2011

JBC tool to solve Thai-Cambodian border row: Cambodian ambassador

via CAAI

February 09, 2011

The continuing Thai-Cambodian border dispute could be settled under framework of Thai-Cambodian Joint Boundary Commission (JBC), Cambodia's ambassador to Thailand You Ay said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Couple of Love and Rival seminar on Tuesday morning, she said through bilateral framework Vietnam and Cambodian were able to successfully solve border issue between the two countries.

People in both countries should not politicize the border issue, she said.

The border row would jeopardize regional cooperation in Southeast Asia, such as the single-visa agreement under the Acmecs (Ayeyawady - Chao Phraya - Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy) scheme, she said.

The main cause of Thai-Cambodian conflict lays in the map which Thailand and Cambodian differently adhere to. However, both are ASEAN member countries and if the dispute continues, ASEAN may not be able to achieve ASEAN community in 2015.

The ambassador also asked media to report all incidents fairly in order to avoid further discord between the two countries.

Cambodia and Thailand troops have exchanged fire for five times since Feb. 4, and both sides have used heavy weapons including rockets, machine guns, mortars and artillery. The clashes between Cambodia and Thailand troops have already left many soldiers and civilians killed and wounded.

Source: Xinhua

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