A border dispute has flared up again between Thailand and Cambodia over the area of the 900-year-old ruins of Preah Vihear temple. There have been several deaths since the weekend. Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement in Berlin today (7 February):
“I am deeply concerned by the armed clashes which have been taking place on the border between Thailand and Cambodia and regret the casualties suffered by both sides.
We expect the Governments of both countries to cease all hostilities immediately and choose the path of dialogue to find a peaceful and lasting resolution of this border dispute.
Germany will also, as a member of the United Nations Security Council, be working for a peaceful end to the conflict.”