Japan concerns over Cambodia-Thailand border clashes: official

21:33, February 11, 2011      

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Japan has expressed grave concern over the clashes between Cambodia and Thailand over the border dispute on Feb. 4-7, an official said here on Friday.

"We are deep concern over the two countries' conflict," the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Koy Kuong quoted Yutaka Banno, state secretary for Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as saying to Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong.

Yutaka Banno is here to join the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Japan-funded Neak Loeung Bridge on Feb. 12.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will hold its meeting on Feb. 14 to intervene over the border disputes between Cambodia and Thailand.

Hor Namhong will fly to New York this Friday evening to report to the UNSC about Thai's invasion into Cambodian territory at the border areas near Preah Vihear Temple on Feb. 4-7, said Koy Kuong.

The armed clashes between the two countries caused some people killed and many injured; and tens of thousands of the two countries' villagers nearby the disputed areas fled for safe shelters.

The border between Thailand and Cambodia has never been completely demarcated. Although the International Court of Justice ruled in 1962 that the temple itself belonged to Cambodia, the row over the 4.6-square-km territory around the temple has never been resolved.

Source: Xinhua
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