ASEAN Secretary-General offering assistance to Preah Vihear dispute

July 21st, 2008 - 1:22 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Surin Pitsuwan

The Secretary-General of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, said at the annual ASEAN ministerial meeting in Singapore that the governments of Thailand and Cambodia be very patience in resolving the disputed border near Preah Vihear Temple. He said he would like to help both countries solve this problem.

The ASEAN Secretary-General suggested the Cambodian government not to seek ways for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to intervene in this issue. Dr. Surin said he would like both countries to quickly express their wants while showing cordial attitude.

In addition, Dr. Surin said other ASEAN member countries want to see both nations seek solutions that promote reconciliation and overcome this crisis.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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