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Border clashes displace thousands

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 - 01:50

Apr 27 - Thai and Cambodian prime ministers say they're open to talks as fighting enters sixth day along a disputed border region. Travis Brecher reports.

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Bombed out homes and battle debris -- damage from clashes along the border between Thailand and Cambodia. As fighting continued for a sixth day near two disputed 12th century Hindu temples, Cambodian villagers fled the area. In the pouring rain, they huddle together under makeshift tents far from their villages, trying to keep warm and dry. The latest round of fighting began Friday, killing at least 13 people and forcing over 50,000 people to evacuate. Thailand's prime minister says his country wants peace, but will defend its territories if attacked. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) THAI PRIME MINISTER ADHISIT VEJJAJIVA, SAYING: "If they don't stop we have to respond, but our stance is to avoid clashes. Thailand has no reason to start shooting. We just stay still. Cambodia might use this tactic to elevate this matter into an international issue but it won't work." He also says he is willing to enter talks, but only once Cambodia stops shooting. Cambodia's prime minister says he welcomes negotiations with Thailand, but only at the ASEAN summit. (SOUNDBITE) (Khmer) CAMBODIAN PRIME MINISTER HUN SEN, SAYING: "My response to Thailand is that I welcome negotiations between the prime ministers of Thailand and Cambodia but that negotiations must be done during the 10-country ASEAN summit." The ASEAN summit is scheduled to take place in Jakarta on May 4-8. Many experts say the fighting over territory and sovereignty is fuelled by political interests. Travis Brecher, Reuters

Border clashes displace thousands

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011 - 01:50

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