Thailand Rejects Offer to Mediate Over Cambodia Border Conflict
February 14, 2011
While Cambodia wishes to invite a third-party neutral, Thailand refuses to participate in anything but bilateral talks. The dispute involving the ancient temple of Preah Vihear (located on the border) has resulted in fighting in the past months. Although Cambodia wishes to have the United Nations intervene, Thailand insists that the dispute be handled strictly between the two countries.
Mediation or intervention by a third party neutral has great potential. When a party refuses to engage in alternative forms of dispute resolution, the dispute is likely to persist—often leading to violence in a conflict like this.