Cambodia approve Indonesia’s peace solution: Official


According to Xinhua, the peace solution proposed by Indonesia has been approved by Cambodia. Thai gov’t [as usual] have not approved the solution.

Once again, Cambodia is eager to approve a peace solution as it has been for the previous ones. Cambodia wants peace and and a third-party mediated mechanism seems to be the way to go because so far bilateral talks have yielded nothing but more fightings.

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Talks fail in Asian border fight


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Commentary: ASEAN talks to defuse conflicts between Cambodia and Thailand has failed to yield any progress. No written agreement has been made to form a permanent ceasefire. However, the talk resolution reiterates the importance of Indonesian mediation and once again call for deployment of Indonesian observers along the Cambodian, Thai border. It seems Thai demand for bilateral talk is dead in the water. But since the summit does not involve Thai powerful military, Thailand will once again insist on bilateral mechanism and reject deployment of Indonesian observers. Does this mean more fightings to come? Almost certainly.

–PhumKhmer

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Leaders trade barbs on the opening day


Hun Sen said Thailand’s demand that Cambodia withdraw its troops from the Preah Vihear Temple area was “irrational and unacceptable”.
“[It is] Thailand that must withdraw its troops from the vicinity,” he said. “Thailand, as a big country, continues to have ambitions of prolonging armed confl ict to violate weaker neighboring ASEAN members.

” Hun Sen also warned ASEAN to quickly settle the border dispute as it could hamper the region’s vision of establishing an ASEAN community by 2015.

“ASEAN must consider this dispute the most important issue for the life of the community. ASEAN must establish mediation for effective settlement of the dispute.

Full Story: Leaders trade barbs on the opening day

Cambodian, Thai PMs to meet today


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Cambodian, Thai PMs agree to a meeting organized by Indonesian President. The meeting today aims at finding solutions for a lasting ceasefire. In an apparent urge to end the conflicts between the two ASEAN members, Philippine also offers to mediate peace talk.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in his opening statement that little can be accomplished without peace and stability between member countries.

Full Story: Cambodian, Thai PMs to meet today

ASEAN summit starts amid cloud of Thai-Cambodia border row


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Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) – Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met in Indonesia on Saturday for a two-day summit expected to focus on efforts to achieve economic integration by 2015.

The meeting started under the cloud of security issues such as the Thai-Cambodia border conflict.

Indonesia, which chairs the summit this year, has been trying to mediate talks between Thailand and Cambodia in their dispute over the ancient Preah Vihear temple.

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Cambodia rejects Thai demands over temple troops


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Cambodia rejects Thailand demanding Cambodian troops withdrawing from Preah Vihear Temple despite the fact that International Court of Justice at the Hague ruled 1962 that the temple and its surrounding area belonged to Cambodia. Clearly, such Thai demand is designed to stall the peace negotiation being brokered by Indonesia, the current ASEAN chair.

“We never can withdraw our troops from our own territory. That should be very clear,” Hor Namhong told reporters after a meeting in Jakarta with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.

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ASEAN credibility at stake in Thai-Cambodia row


“The Thai-Cambodia border dispute poses a definite challenge to ASEAN‘s credibility and its objective of creating an ASEAN Community by 2015,” said Professor Carl Thayer of the University of New South Wales in Australia.

“ASEAN’s failure to broker a political solution will have a very negative impact on ASEAN’s credibility as a viable regional organisation,” he told AFP.

Full Story: ASEAN credibility at stake in Thai-Cambodia row

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Will ASEAN summit security session discuss Cambodian-Thai war?


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According to a Jakarta Post’s article, the security session will focus on ASEAN countries’ progress toward security blueprint set forth in 2009 and security issues inside and outside of ASEAN region. However, the recent clashes between Cambodian, Thai troops will “likely be discussed at other levels.” Again, this shows ASEAN may not be ready to take on a mediation role publicly.

It seems negotiations for peace may take place on the sideline of the summit with subtle support from Indonesia, the ASEAN chair. Reflecting on stalemates of bilateral talks, ASEAN should be forth coming and assert its role publicly as a platform for peace talks if it wants itself to be taken seriously as a regional political player.

-PhumKhmer

Opinion: Thailand’s guise of friendship and peace


If one doesn’t read between the lines in what Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said in an interview by Mustaqim Adamrah (Thai-Cambodian border clash an ‘embarrassment for ASEAN’, The Jakarta Post, May 2), many readers may have been led to believe that Thailand has no reason to gain from the prolonged border clashes with Cambodia and to be unfriendly to its neighbor.

Full Story: Letter to Editor of Jakata Post by Prathna Keo

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International Court Expects Temple Hearing Soon


The Hague International Court of Justice handed over the ownership of Preah Vihear Temple to Cambodia in 1962 (Photo: NorodomSihanouk.info)

International Court of Justice is likely to hold a hearing on the Preah Vihear temple dispute soon. This is in response to Cambodian petition on April 28, 2011 for the court to clarify its 1962 rulings and its implication on boundary, and to order Thai troop’s withdrawal from disputed areas.

In 1962, ICJ handed over the ownership of the Preah Vihear temple and surrounding areas to Cambodia. The new ruling will technically stipulate map involved in making the judgement. Such a map will then be used for border demarcation. Then, end of the conflict? History has told otherwise.

–PhumKhmer

Full Story: VOANews.Com

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