Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Indonesia Proposes Solution to Cambodia-Thailand Dispute


via CAAI

Jakarta, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The Indonesian government on Monday formally proposed a solution for the longstanding Cambodia-Thailand border dispute, which most recently has sparked clashes have left 18 deads and more than 55,000.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa presented the initiative to his Cambodian and Thai counterparts, Hor Namhong and Kasit Piromya, respectively, during a trilateral meeting held in this capital, the Antara News Agency reported.

The proposal establishes measures to achieve a negotiated solution to the dispute and the deployment of Indonesian observers in conflict zones.

"We will identify the points required to achieve an approach, rather than ask one of the two countries to act a certain way in response to a step taken by the other," said Natalegawa.

Natalegawa added that the initial gesture for bringing about the easing of tension should be performed in unison to avoid arguments about which of the two countries have the obligation to move first.

According to Natalegawa, the program sets a specific timetable for the completion of each stage and bilateral meetings.

Now the two foreign ministers will return to their countries and report to their prime ministers on this proposal, and Natalegawa said he looked forward to hearing about it soon.

The talks followed those started yesterday between the president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang, and the prime ministers of Cambodia and Thailand, Hun Sen and Abhisit Vejjajiva, respectively, in the framework of the summit meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The two countries have clashed six times since 2008, when Preah Vihear was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.

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