Published: 3/05/2011 at 12:28 PM
Negotiations could ease the continuing border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia but holding immediate talks with Cambodia is not easy, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said on Tuesday.
Speaking after a Thai soldier was killed, and three wounded, in a clash with Cambodian troops at the border overnight, Mr Suthep said it would be difficult to arrange ceasefire talks at this time.
The government must be cautious and monitor the border situation continuously, he said.
Authorities would allow villagers at evacuation centres to return home when there is no gunfire at the border. The people were worried about their homes and possessions and they hope the situation would improve soon, he said.
"At the Asean Summit to be held in Indonesia from May 6 to 8, I think the Cambodian leader [Hun Sen] will meet and talk with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, and it should produce positive results," Mr Suthep said.