CAMBODIA will not boycott next month's Asean Summit in Chiang Mai,
despite the ongoing border dispute with Thailand, senior government
officials said Wednesday.
"We will not boycott the summit in
December because we regard this [border] problem as a Cambodian and
Thai dispute," said Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan.
He was speaking at a conference on the border issue.
"We want to maintain friendship and good cooperative ties with our neighbouring countries," Phay Siphan said.
"Cambodia and Thailand still have a good friendship, despite the gunfire exchange on October 15," he added.
Clashes erupted last month after months of border tensions boiled over, killing at least four Cambodian and Thai soldiers.
Siphan said Cambodia would continue negotiations over contested border
territory, despite the ongoing military standoff there.
Pressuring the host
Rainsy Party lawmaker Son Chhay said Cambodia could use the December 15
summit in Chiang Mai to raise regional awareness of Thai border
"We must attend the Asean Summit because we are a
member of Asean," he said. "It is a good opportunity to show other
Asean members about the Thai invasion of our Cambodian territory.... We
can put pressure on Thailand because Thailand is the summit host."
members meeting for the 14th annual summit are expected to ratify the
Asean Charter - the forum's constitution, and the Basic Law that guides