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Thai-Cambodian diplomacy ‘has yet to be exhausted’ ខែកក្កដា 24, 2008

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At least three of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council agrees it is premature at this time for the body to discuss the row between Thailand and Cambodia over Preah Vihear Temple, Deputy Prime Minister Sahas Banditkul said Wednesday.



Sahas, who led the Thai delegation to an Asean meeting, discussed the issue on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Asean Ministerial Meeting.

 

Sahas met and discussed issues with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, on Tuesday after Phnom Penh asked the Security Council to convene a special session on the standoff.

 

“Three permanent members of the Security Council whom I have met with here said Cambodia had been in too much of a hurry in putting the issue before the UN. Thailand and Cambodia can resolve the problem bilaterally,” Sahas told reporters.

 

Don Pramudwinai, Thailand’s permanent representative to the UN, said the world body would include Cambodia’s request in an emergency session today.

 

A formal discussion of the row may take place next week, he said.

 

“We expected this to happen, because it is in line with UN regulations. Now we are discussing the matter,” Don said in a telephone call from New York.

 

The Security Council has 15 members. Its five permanent members are China, France, US, Russia and the UK. The other 10 are chosen on a rotational basis.

 

Vietnam and Indonesia are presently among the nonpermanent members.

 

Sahas also discussed the issue with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, whose country currently chairs the Security Council, and Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda.

 

Both agreed the row should not be put to the Security Council as long as bilateral mechanisms were available for resolving it, he said.

 

“I gave all of the ministers I’ve met here the facts of the matter, and I did not blame Cambodia for its move,” he said. “Due to time limitations, I also handed them fact sheets about the situation and our position on it.”

 

In Bangkok, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said Thailand’s diplomatic position would take a defensive stance until Cambodia finished its general election next Sunday.

 

“Let Cambodia carry on. We’re not being harmed. I hope they’ll calm down after the election. I will talk [to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen] later,” he said.

ប្រភព៖ http://nationmultimedia.com/2008/07/23/national/national_30078821.php

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