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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Indonesia to host Thai-Cambodia border negotiations April 7-8+

JAKARTA, March 16 (AP) - (Kyodo)-;Cambodia and Thailand are expected to resume their bilateral negotiations on a disputed border area on April 7-8 in Indonesia, a Cabinet minister said Wednesday.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said in an interview with the Japanese media that the meeting will take place in Bogor in West Java Province.

"That meeting will be a meeting between Thailand and Cambodia on the border issues, but at the same time, Indonesia will be appropriately engaged as the chairman's statement stated," he added.

The minister referred to the Feb. 22 ASEAN informal ministerial meeting in Jakarta that was held to discuss the border dispute.

Indonesia, as the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, was tasked by the U.N. Security Council to help mediate the border conflict between Cambodia and Thailand.

Cambodia and Thailand have been at loggerheads over their rival claims to 4.6 square kilometers of land around a temple on the border.

Since the temple was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2008, several rounds of border clashes have occurred.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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