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26 April 2011 :: 11:04:14 am 53174

Clinton Urges Thailand, Cambodia To Exercise Restraint

The Secretary of the United States, Hillary Clinton on Monday urged Thailand and Cambodia to take immediate restraint and resolve their conflicts that led to repeated fatal border clashes.
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Clinton said that the United States had engaged directly with Thai and Cambodian officials in hopes of ending the violence, which has killed 12 soldiers and caused thousands of villagers to evacuate.

“The United States remains deeply concerned about clashes between security forces along the Thailand-Cambodia border,” Clinton said in a statement.

“We strongly urge both sides to exercise restraint, refrain from provocative acts and immediately take all necessary steps to reduce tensions and avoid further conflict,” she said.

“The loss of life, displacement of civilians and damage to property is regrettable,” she said.
Clinton welcomed mediation by Indonesia, whose Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa had postponed his visit on Monday in both countries.

“We support the efforts of Indonesia in their role as chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to work with both countries to reach a resolution,” she said.

The clashes erupted Friday near two groups of contested temples — named Ta Kwai and Ta Muen in Thai or Ta Krabei and Ta Moan in Khmer.

The border clash is the deadliest since the border dispute that started almost three years ago and shattered a ceasefire that had held since February when the UN Security Council called for a permanent true.

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