Feb 7, 2011
Singapore - Singapore said Monday that it was concerned by ongoing border clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops, calling on the two fellow members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to hold talks.
The fighting started Friday and continued for a fourth day Monday near the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple, which has been disputed by the two countries for more than 50 years. It has killed two on the Thai side and injured 31 while Cambodian sources said their side has suffered three dead.
'We are deeply concerned by the recent clashes and call on both countries to exercise restraint,' Singapore's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
'We urge Thailand and Cambodia to resolve their differences through negotiations,' it said.
The ministry said Singapore welcomed and supported the scheduled visit by Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa of Indonesia, the current chairman of ASEAN, to Phnom Penh on Monday and Bangkok on Tuesday.