Friday, October 17, 2008

Cambodia's PM assures no escalation in Thailand dispute

Camboidan Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Friday that Wednesday's firefight near the Thai border area will not escalate into a major conflict.

"Large-scale war won't take place and people living at the border needn't worry," he told reporters.

Malaysia and Indonesia have offered help in solving the crisis, but Hun Sen it was not time yet for external assistance.

Times Online

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A Thai farmer walks behind herd of buffalos near the Thai-Cambodia border, in the disputed border area with Cambodia, near the Preah Vihear temple, in Si Sa Ket province, northeast of Bangkok, October 17, 2008. (Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)

Families evacuating the northern Cambodia border line the roadside, about 120 km (75 miles) northeast of Siem Reap, October 16, 2008. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)