Sunday, 6 February 2011

Thai PM warns Cambodia over dispute

via CAAI

Thailand's prime minister has called for a peaceful solution to a border dispute with Cambodia, but warned Thai soldiers will defend national sovereignty if attacked. The fiercest border clashes in years erupted between troops stationed along the border last week and sporadic artillery fire left at least five people dead.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajvia said in his weekly Sunday morning address to the nation, that Thailand never thought of invading anyone, but if its sovereignty is violated, they have to protect it ultimately.

Both the Thais and Cambodians have blamed each other for the fighting over a strip of disputed land, near the UN-protected 11th-century Preah Vihear temple.

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