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Pheu Thai victory gives hope for peaceful resolution on Cambodian, Thai border row

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PHNOM PENH, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The upcoming Pheu Thai Party- formed government could bring about peaceful negotiations between Cambodia and Thailand over the simmering border conflict and definitely put an end to armed clashes, local academics predicted Monday.

"As Cambodia and the 'Red-shirt' group-supported Pheu Thai Party have had good relations since before, I believe that the two countries will take a peaceful stance to end the border conflict," Dr. Ros Chantrabuth, advisor to the Royal Academy of Cambodia, told Xinhua Monday.

"With the upcoming Pheu Thai's government, at least, we can trust that there will be no fear of renewed armed clashes between the two countries' troops," he added.

He also expressed optimism that the Pheu Thai Party would help to restore the currently deteriorating relations and cooperation between the two nations.

The Pheu Thai Party, led by Yingluck Shinawatra, the youngest sister of self-exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, won a landslide victory (265 out of overall 500 seats) in the parliamentary polls on Sunday.

However, Chantrabuth said it's still a long way to solve the two countries' border dispute.

"The upcoming Yingluck's government will have to face with many consequences left by the Abhisit Vejjajiva's government such as the withdrawal from the World Heritage Convention and the legal case at the International Court of Justice concerning the interpretation of the judgment in 1992," he said.

Vice president of the Khemarak University Sok Touch, an academic of political science, agreed that in the future the Pheu Thai-formed government would lead to an end to border clashes.

"Armed clashes between Cambodia and Thailand have repeatedly occurred so far because Abhisit's government has taken the border issues with Cambodia as the hostage of Thailand's internal conflict," he told Xinhua.

"I believe that Yingluck's government will stick to a peaceful stance with international norms to solve the border conflict and will maintain good relations between the two neighboring countries," he added.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Hor Namhong also expressed optimism that the next Thai government formed by the Pheu Thai Party would use peaceful negotiations to solve the border conflict.

"We are delighted with the victory of the Pheu Thai Party," he told reporters Monday. "Cambodia hopes the Pheu Thai Party will resolve border issues with Cambodia more positively and peacefully than the previous government."

He added that Cambodia wanted a fair and peaceful resolution on the conflict, based on international laws, good neighborhood, good friendship between Cambodian and Thai peoples, and the judgment of the International Court of Justice in 1962.

The World Court awarded the Preah Vihear temple to Cambodia in 1962.

Cambodia and Thailand have had sporadic border conflicts over territorial disputes near the Preah Vihear temple since the UNESCO listed the 11th century Preah Vihear temple as a World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008.

Thailand claims the ownership of 4.6 square kilometers (1.8 square miles) of scrub next to the temple.

Since then, both sides have built up military forces along the border and periodic clashes have happened, resulting in the deaths of troops and civilians on both sides.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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