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Updated: April 26, 2011 07:45 IST

Clinton asks Thailand, Cambodia to exercise restraint

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures while speaking at the State Department in Washington. File Photo
AP Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures while speaking at the State Department in Washington. File Photo

Deeply concerned about clashes between security forces along the Thailand-Cambodia border, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked both the countries to exercise restraint and refrain from provocative acts.

“The U.S. remains deeply concerned about clashes between security forces along the Thailand-Cambodia border,” Ms. Clinton said in a statement.

“We strongly urge both sides to exercise restraint, refrain from provocative acts, and immediately take all necessary steps to reduce tensions and avoid further conflict. The loss of life, displacement of civilians, and damage to property is regrettable,” she said.

The U.S. supports the efforts of Indonesia in their role as chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to work with both countries to reach a resolution, Ms. Clinton said.

“The U.S. is also engaging with Thai and Cambodian officials directly on this matter. We continue to urge the Royal Thai Government and Royal Government of Cambodia to resolve their disputes peacefully to help strengthen regional stability,” she said.

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