UN trying to mediate between Thailand and Cambodia over Preah Vihear border

The situation at the Thai-Cambodian border near Preah Vihear remains tense as the UN tries to mediate talks and a ceasefire between the two countries.

Thailand-Cambodia border dispute: UN calls for truce
BBC, 14 February 2011

Abhisit needs to move fast over Cambodia row
The Nation, 15 February 2011

Unesco must help create peace, not war
Bangkok Post, 15 February 2011

Cambodia Says Thais Used Cluster Bombs in ‘War of Aggression’
Bloomberg, via Jakarta Globe, 15 Feb 2011

UN urges peaceful Thai-Cambodia settlement
AP, via Jakarta Post, 15 Feb 2011

Unesco to hear Thai viewpoint
Bangkok Post, 15 Feb 2011

Security Council urges restraint
Phnom Penh Post, 15 Feb 2011

Tourist bodies issue warning
Phnom Penh Post, 15 Feb 2011

Excerpt from The Jakarta Post:

The U.N. Security Council expressed “grave concern” Monday at recent border clashes between Thailand and Cambodia and called on the two sides to establish a permanent cease-fire and settle the dispute peacefully.

The council gave strong backing to the efforts of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations – which includes both countries – to help resolve the conflict in the disputed border region surrounding Preah Vihear temple, a protected U.N. World Heritage site. ASEAN foreign ministers will discuss the clashes at Feb. 22 meeting.

Cambodia and Thailand have accused each other of starting the latest clashes which began on Feb. 4 and continued through Feb. 7. The battle over a hilly patch of land in the remote countryside is rooted in a decades-old border dispute that has fueled nationalist passions and has been driven by domestic politics and conspiracy theories on both sides.

Cambodia asked for the Security Council meeting, calling for U.N. peacekeepers or observers to prevent a renewed outbreak of violence, or at least a fact-finding mission. Thailand has repeatedly said it wants the dispute resolved bilaterally, without U.N. intervention.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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