24 Apr '11, 1am

UN chief presses Thailand, Cambodia for ceasefire

UN chief presses Thailand, Cambodia for ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Cambodia and Thailand on Saturday to reach a ceasefire after clashes on their joint border left 10 dead. "The secretary-general calls on both sides to exercise maximum restraint and to take immediate measures to put in place for an effective and verifiable ceasefire," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky. Ban "also believes that the dispute cannot be resolved by military means and urges Cambodia and Thailand to engage in serious dialogue to find a lasting solution," the spokesman added. The fighting forced thousands to flee the worst bloodshed since a UN ceasefire appeal in February. The two countries exchanged heavy weapons fire for a second straight day on their disputed jungle frontier, the scene of a series of deadly gunbattles in recent years. Three Cambodian troops and one Thai soldier were killed, according to offic...

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