Cambodian PM Seeks Ceasefire Agreement with Thailand

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Cambodia's prime minister says he will ask Thailand to sign a permanent ceasefire agreement next week during a meeting of Southeast Asian countries in Indonesia. That comes after the two countries clashed last week in a border dispute involving an ancient temple.

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, are set to meet in Jakarta on Tuesday. Among them, officials from Cambodia and Thailand, who have seen rising tensions on a border dispute involving a 900-year-old temple.

Cambodian authorities say they will ask Thailand to sign a permanent ceasefire agreement at the meeting.

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen says Thailand has ignored a call for restraint by the United Nations Security Council.

[Hun Sen, Cambodian Prime minister]:
"In the ASEAN meeting ahead, Cambodia requests for the signing of the ceasefire agreement between the foreign minister of Cambodia and the foreign minister of Thailand, witness by all ASEAN members or the ASEAN's chairman.”

Hun Sen said he has sent a draft permanent ceasefire to Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

[Hun Sen, Cambodian Prime Minister]:
"If Thailand refuses to accept ASEAN observers for the ceasefire agreement, then Cambodia welcomes ASEAN observers into Cambodian territory, so they can police and monitor Cambodian troops.”

Foreign ministers of the two countries addressed the UN Security Council on Monday.

The council expressed grave concern about the clashes and called for regional and bilateral negotiations.

Both sides have maintained a heavy military presence on either side of the border. Clashes between troops last Tuesday killed at least three Thais and eight Cambodians… and wounded dozens of troops and civilians on either side.