Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Malaysia Monitoring Closely Border Incident Between Cambodia And Thailand

via CAAI

LUMPUR, Feb 7 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is closely monitoring developments pertaining to the border incident between Cambodia and Thailand, said the Foreign Ministry.

In a statement here Monday, the ministry said Malaysia was confident that the able leadership of both countries would provide a clear way forward towards an amicable settlement to the dispute through continued dialogues and negotiations.

Malaysia believes that such approach will be mutually beneficial to the relationship between the two countries and in line with the spirit of ASEAN solidarity as enunciated in the ASEAN charter, the statement said.

In this context, Malaysia urged both sides to exercise maximum restraint, it added.

The ministry said Malaysia also supported the initiative undertaken by Dr R.M. Marty N. Natalegawa, Indonesia's Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Phnom Penh and Bangkok on Feb 7 and 8 respectively given that Indonesia is the current chair of ASEAN.

The violent conflict between the two neighbouring countries started with gunfire and artillery duels on Feb 4 near the long disputed site of an ancient Hindu Temple, Preah Vihear.

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