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|11 December 2009
Thai-Cambodia dispute: Asean won’t intervene, says group chief
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will not intervene into the diplomatic tension between Thailand and Cambodia as this is an internal matter, Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan said Wednesday.
The diplomatic problem has occurred after Cambodia appointed ousted former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra as an economic advisor to Cambodia's government and Prime Minister Hun Sen on Nov.4.
A day after the appointment, the Cambodian government announced recall of its ambassador to Thailand in a move to respond to the Thai government's recall of its ambassador to Cambodia.
However, Surin conceded that the diplomatic tension has worried other Asean leaders, Thai News Agency reported.
They are jittered that the problem will worsen and affect the target of being the Asean Community by 2015, Surin said. Hence, now several Asean leaders have been closely monitoring the matter as they hope Thailand and Cambodia will find a solution to the problem soon, Surin said.
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