Friday, 29 April 2011

Leaders must stop the killing at border

via CAAI

Published: 29/04/2011 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News

Re: ''Hun Sen urges ceasefire'' (BP, Apr 28). Prime ministers Abhisit Vejjajiva of Thailand and Hun Sen of Cambodia must do more to end the ongoing madness at the border. On Thailand's side not just people's homes have been randomly shelled by artillery fire. Schools, monasteries and even hospitals have also been hit. More than 40,000 people have been evacuated in Thailand. The same may be happening on the Cambodian side, too.

Leaders of Thailand and Cambodia must have direct talks immediately. This is not just the fighting between soldiers and soldiers. It is your express duty to make peace with each other for the well-being and safety of your peoples.

As Aeschylus, the ancient Greek playwright said 3,000 years ago: ''In war, truth is the first casualty.'' Hence, while it takes hotheads to start a war, it also requires wise and courageous men to end it.

Chiang Mai

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