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Indonesia to mediate Thai-Cambodia border dispute

January 17, 2012

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia will send military observers to mediate a territorial dispute between Thailand and Cambodia after both sides requested help, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiatoro said Monday (January 16th), The Jakarta Post reported.

Commander-in-Chief Agus Suhartono added Indonesia will work together with Cambodian and Thai forces along the border instead of sending 15 observers to each side as previously planned.

The dispute between Thailand and Cambodia centers on Preah Vihear, an 11th Century Hindu temple located on the border. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in June 2011.

A 1962 International Court of Justice ruling gave Cambodia rights to the temple, but Thailand claims the land around it.

Thai and Cambodian soldiers have died in numerous clashes along the disputed border since 2008, in which the temple was also damaged.

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