The Jakarta Post
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has sent Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa to Cambodia and Thailand to speak directly to the two countries currently engaged in a border conflict.
“As we know, Indonesia is ASEAN’s chair country. We have the moral responsibility to be part of the solution,” Yudhoyono said Monday in Jakarta, as quoted by Tempointeraktif.com.
Yudhoyono said that he had previously been asked to provide suggestions for solving the conflict, adding that he had met Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen during the last dispute between the two countries.
“When [I] engaged in separate meetings with the prime ministers, there had been commitments to restraint. The unwanted incidents had been preventable, but this time we witness that military clashes still occur,” he said.
Yudhoyono added that he was placing considerable hope in Marty’s trip.
The border clashes between Cambodia and Thailand flared up both Friday and Saturday between troops stationed along the border. The incidents left at least five people dead.