Thailand does not want Indonesia’s observation

The Indonesian minister of foreign affairs, Marty Natalegawa, said to the minister of defense of Thailand, Prawit Wongsuwan, that the Cambodian government trust in the mediation of Indonesia to resolve the border conflict among both countries. Wongsuwan declared recently that Bangkok does not want an Indonesian observer in the area. Natalegawa said that Indonesia would be the best facilitator in the issue not only for its position as current chair of ASEAN, but also because its role in the mediation of domestic conflicts in Cambodia can be traced since the 1990′s. Natalewa insisted that Cambodia supports fully the role of Indonesia as negotiator because his country got also the mandate from the UN security council to assist in the bilateral dialogs between Cambodia and Thailand, due to the current position of Jakarta as chair of the Southeast Asian group. Natalewa manifested his dissatisfaction to the declarations of the Thai minister of defense Wongsuwan. He said that it is not possible to understand that if Thailand wants a cease fire, why it opposes an Indonesian observer.

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