Saturday, 30 April 2011

Thailand-Cambodia Ceasefire Ends Week of Bloodshed

via CAAI


After another night of heavy fighting, Thailand and Cambodia have finally agreed to a ceasefire.

It comes after a week of clashes in Southeast Asia's deadliest border dispute for years.

Both sides have agreed to closely monitor the ceasefire and are confident it will hold.

The sporadic fighting centred on two disputed 12th century Hindu temples which both countries claim fall within their territory.

At least 15 people were killed, scores wounded and thousands displaced during the fighting that involved the use of heavy artillery, guns and rocket fire.

Each side blamed the other for starting the conflict, which threatened to disrupt elections in Thailand, and raised doubts about Southeast Asia's ambitions to form an EU style community by 2015.

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