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Thai FM to address UN on Cambodia border dispute

Thailand's foreign minister will address UN Security Council on deadly dispute with Cambodia

AFP , Wednesday 9 Feb 2011
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Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya will brief the UN Security Council next week on a deadly border dispute with Cambodia, and could meet his Cambodian counterpart, an aide said Wednesday.

"Foreign Minister Kasit will arrive in New York on Monday to explain the situation as the UN invited him," his secretary Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said.

He said a meeting between Kasit and his Cambodian opposite number Hor Namhong in New York was "possible", without providing more details.

In Phnom Penh, a government official also said a UN Security Council meeting was expected on Monday on the issue, but he could not say who would represent Cambodia.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke with the prime ministers of Thailand and Cambodia on Tuesday and said he again offered UN help to negotiate a deal to end the clashes around the ancient temple of Preah Vihear.

Thailand has said it sees no need for third-party mediation.

At least eight people were killed in four days of cross-border fighting starting on Friday which the two neighbours have blamed on each other. The violence has subsided since the last clash early Monday.

Ties between the neighbours have been strained since Preah Vihear was granted UN World Heritage status in July 2008.

The World Court ruled in 1962 that Preah Vihear itself belonged to Cambodia but both countries claim ownership of a 4.6-square-kilometre (1.8-square-mile) surrounding area.

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