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New development on Thai-Cambodia border dispute

Updated On: Aug 13, 2010

The Thailand-Cambodia border dispute took a new twist this week after Cambodia's government wrote to the United Nations accusing Thailand of threatening to use military force in an escalating border dispute.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday sent two letters - to General Assembly president Ali Abdussalam and Security Council president Vitaly Churkin - saying that Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva had threatened to cancel the 2000 memorandum of understanding between the two countries and to use military force against Cambodia to settle the border dispute.

On Monday, Cambodia's premier also warned that a border dispute with Thailand was "very hot" and could result in violence, reiterating his call for international assistance to end the row.

In response, Thai government said that it would also send a letter to the United Nations General Assembly and UN Security Council to clarify its position. The letter would explain to the UN that Thailand had not violated the UN Charter as alleged, that Thai soil has been encroached on, and that Thailand adheres to the principle of peaceful co-existence and the law, said Thai government spokemen.  In addition on Tuesday, Thai Prime Minister Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva also demanded Cambodians who encroached on its territory at the border to leave.

The World Court ruled in 1962 that the temple belonged to Cambodia, although its main entrance lies in Thailand.

Cambodia and Thailand have been locked in a troop standoff at their disputed border since July 2008, when the ancient Preah Vihear temple was granted UNESCO World Heritage status. It has recently re-emerged as an issue due to a new management plan submitted by Cambodia to UNESCO.

Sources:

PM warns Hun Sen to be discreet Bangkok Post [August 13, 2010]

Cambodian PM warns of 'bloodshed' over Thai border [AFP, August 9, 2010]

Thai PM demands Cambodians leave border area [AFP, August 10, 2010]

Government to explain border row to UN [Bangkok Post, August 9, 2010]







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