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No more border clashes, Rais says

KUALA LUMPUR - Violence is unlikely to erupt again along Thailand and Cambodia's disputed border after Southeast Asian leaders appealed for peace, Malaysia said Tuesday.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim said Thailand would avoid further conflict, as it was due to chair the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

"The message (to stop violence) has been transmitted to them," Rais told reporters ahead of his meeting with Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Malaysia will dispatch Rais to Phnom Penh to meet Prime Minister Hun Sen with a special message from Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for the two countries to avoid military confrontation and restart peace talks.

"Prime Minister Abdullah earnestly hopes there would be a settlement," Rais said, adding that "we should not resort to skirmishes or violence, or the use of arms to settle disputes".

He said Malaysia hoped the two countries would restart their peace talks quickly and Monday warned that the conflict could embarrass Asean, which describes itself as a harmonious grouping. Three Cambodian soldiers and a Thai trooper died as a result of the October 15 shootout near Preah Vihear. AFP

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