Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:26 DAP-NEWS
WASHINGTON, April 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday that the United States remains " deeply concerned" about the clashes between security forces along the Thailand-Cambodia border.
"We strongly urge both sides to exercise restraint, refrain from provocative acts, and immediately take all necessary steps to reduce tensions and avoid further conflict," the top U.S. diplomat said in a statement.
Cambodian and Thai troops exchanged fire in a disputed border area near the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple for the fourth consecutive day on Monday. The fresh clashes came after a four-day conflict in February resulted in at least 10 deaths of soldiers on both sides.
Clinton expressed her support for the efforts of Indonesia in its role as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to work with both countries to reach a resolution, saying the United States is also engaging with Thai and Cambodian officials directly on this matter.
She said the United States continues to urge both countries to resolve their disputes peacefully to "help strengthen regional stability," adding that the loss of life, displacement of civilians and damage to property are "regrettable.