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Thailand, Cambodia agree to Indonesian observers at border - ASEAN

Written By vibykhmer on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 4:08 PM

JAKARTA Feb 22 (Reuters) - Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to allow Indonesian military and civilian observers to monitor a disputed border area that has been the scene of bloody clashes since 2008, a meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers said on Tuesday.


Marty Natalegawa, foreign minister of Indonesia which is the current chair of the regional bloc, told a news conference that the observer plan would be prepared for final agreement within hours.


An international court awarded the temple to Cambodia 49 years ago but Thailand also lays claim to a 4.6 sq km (1.8 sq mile) patch of land near it.


(Reporting by Olivia Rondonuwu; Editing by David Fox)

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