Indonesia to send observers to supervise Thai-Cambodia ceasefire

17:17, February 23, 2011      

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The Indonesian government would establish an observer team to supervise the ceasefire between Thailand and Cambodia in their border area following the appointment of Indonesia as observer by ASEAN ministers on Tuesday, media reported here Wednesday.

"We are set to send observers for both parties," Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said here Wednesday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said the Indonesian government will first send an advanced team, comprising civilians and military personnel, to collect initial information.

"The number will be no more than 20," the minister said, adding that they would be divided into two groups and would be posted in Thailand and Cambodia.

The ASEAN foreign ministers, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Marty Natalegawa, foreign minister of Indonesia, on Tuesday endorsed Cambodia and Thailand's efforts to reach an amicable modality to avoid further armed clashes along their border.

The Ministers expressed their appreciation to Indonesia for its sending observers to the disputed areas as requested.

They further agreed that the chair will inform the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) of the results of the historic meeting soon.

Cambodia and Thailand reported to the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting on Tuesday at the Indonesian foreign affairs ministry that they had mutually achieved an agreement to avoid further violence in the area near the Hindu Temple of Preah Vihear.

They pledged to resume bilateral negotiations.

"The Meeting called upon Indonesia to appropriately support the two countries' efforts to resolve the tense situation. The positive outcome of the meeting came after long and arduous efforts on all parties especially Minister Hor Namhong, Minister Kasit Piromya and Minister Marty Natalegawa," said the secretary- general of ASEAN, Surin Pitsuwan.

Source: Xinhua

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