supports statements from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this week urging Cambodia and Thailand to solve their border
disputes bilaterally, and not through an international court or the Security
Council, a government spokesman said Tuesday.
The International Court of Justice should only be called on
if the military standoff cannot be solved bilaterally, the spokesman, Phay
Siphan, said, responding to a Thai media report that Ban had urged bilateral
The Court could be one avenue “if bilateral
talks can’t reach the goals and can’t end Thai encroachment,” Phay Siphan said,
adding that the “complexity” of the political situation in Thailand has
made it difficult.
position on bilateral talks has been criticized by international groups who are
anxious to see the situation resolved multilaterally.
Ir Channa, of the Watchdog Council, said he supported Ban’s
position that Cambodia and Thailand avoid
war but he urged a solution through the international court.
Three rounds of bilateral talks have failed to bring a
solution to a build-up of troops on the border that began July 15, near Preah Vihear temple, but domestic
protests against the ruling party in Thailand have led to the
resignation of two foreign ministers and a prime minister.
Thailand's new prime minister, Somchai Wongsawat, is scheduled to visit Phnom Penh Oct. 13.