The US State Department has backed ASEAN mediation to resolve the Thailand and Cambodia border dispute. The announcement from State Department spokesman PJ Crowley came a day after the two sides agreed to have 40 Indonesian observers monitor the ceasefire.
The decision has also been backed by the United Nations Security Council, boosting Indonesia's and ASEAN's foreign policy credentials.
But observers should be cautious about reading too much into the ceasefire itself. As Simon Tay argues in this week's comment, "the reality is that the Preah Vihear temple is the focal point and not the primary cause. Nor is it ancient animosity. This flare-up is fuelledby current domestic politics."
US backs ASEAN efforts to resolve Thai-Cambodia border dispute [The Canadian Press, 24 Feb 2011]
Indonesia's mediating role in ASEAN [Jakarta Post, 24 Feb 2011]