A U.S diplomatic officer is calling on Cambodia and Thailand to exercise peaceful means and negotiations as a resolution to the Preah Vihear dispute.
Theodore Allegra, a U.S. envoy to Phnom Penh, gave an interview with Radio Free Asia, saying the U.S. wants Thailand and Cambodia to find a resolution to the border dispute through peaceful means.
Allegra further stressed that the current conflict should be overcome solely through negotiation, and the U.S. government does not believe that any form of violence is a way to solve the problem.
Allegra is the first foreign diplomatic officer to comment on the Preah Vihear dispute between Thailand and Cambodia after the end of the World Heritage Committee Conference in Brazil, amid rumors that powerful countries such as the U.S., China, and France support Cambodia’s Preah Vihear management plan.
Koy Kuong, spokesperson for Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, said the Cambodian government welcomed the U.S. envoy’s suggestion and noted that Cambodia has exercised utmost patience against the encroachment of the Thai people on the disputed 4.6-square kilometer area surrounding the Preah Vihear Temple.
He also claimed that the Thai military tried to pressure Cambodian soldiers to leave the border area, but they remain on duty in the area to protect the nation’s sovereignty.
Cambodia’s Foreign spokesman claimed that the Thai military has ordered the reinforcement of more than 2,000 soldiers in the border area after Cambodia announced that the World Heritage Committee approved its proposed management plan.
Source: according thailandoutlook.tv