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Procedure : 2011/2571(RSP)
Stadium plenaire behandeling
Documentencyclus : B7-0140/2011

Ingediende teksten :


Debatten :

PV 17/02/2011 - 10.1
CRE 17/02/2011 - 10.1

Stemmingen :

PV 17/02/2011 - 11.1

Aangenomen teksten :


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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0132/2011

with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

pursuant to Rule 122 of the Rules of Procedure

on border clashes between Thailand and Cambodia

Charles Tannock, Ryszard Antoni Legutko, Tomasz Piotr Poręba, Valdemar Tomaševski on behalf of the ECR Group
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on border clashes between Thailand and Cambodia  

The European Parliament,

- having regard to its resolution of 20 May 2010 on the situation in Thailand,

- having regard to its resolution of 21 October 2010 on Cambodia, in particular the case of Sam Rainsy,

- having regard to the statement of 7 February 2011 by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on border clashes between Cambodia and Thailand,

- having regard to the statement of 6 February 2011 by the UN Secretary General on the Cambodia - Thailand border clashes,

- having regard to diplomatic efforts engaged by Indonesia, as the current rotating Chairman of ASEAN to defuse ongoing violence on the Thai - Cambodian border,

- having regard to Thai Foreign Minister's, Kasit Piromaya, speech of 8 February 2011 on the current situation on the border,

- having regard to Cambodia's Foreign Minister, Hor Namhong's statement of 9 February 2011 on the developments on the border,

- having regard to the ongoing EU-Thailand negotiation for a Partnership Cooperation Agreement,

- having regard to Rule 122(5) of its Rules of Procedure,




A.  whereas the border between Thailand and Cambodia has never been completely demarcated and the issue of the Preah Vihear temple has been a long-standing dispute,

B. whereas the International Court of Justice ruled in 1962 that the temple of Preah Vihear belonged to Cambodia although its main entrance is in Thailand and the sovereignty of the surrounding area of over 4.6 square kilometres around the temple has never been properly resolved and is claimed by both,

C. whereas the 900-year-old temple has been a flashpoint for both countries which have soldiers stationed in the vicinity of the temple and there has been increased tension in the region since Cambodia won World Heritage status for the temple in 2008,

D.  whereas the most recent tension was sparked this month when a Cambodian court sentenced two members of a Thai nationalist movement to up to eight years of prison after finding them guilty of espionage and illegal entry into the disputed area last December,

E.  whereas on February 4 Thai and Cambodian troops clashed over the disputed border area and the four-day fighting left at least seven people dead, sent thousands of villagers fleeing the area and damaged the Preah Vihear temple,

F.  whereas fighting continued despite at least two ceasefires and the two sides of the conflict blamed each other for starting the fighting and for breaking the ceasefires,

G.  whereas both Cambodia and Thailand addressed the UN Security Council about the outbreak of fighting described by the Cambodian Prime Minister as a "real war",

H.  whereas on February 8 Indonesia, as the current chairman of ASEAN, engaged diplomatic efforts to examine the state of the situation on the border between Thailand and Cambodia,

I.  whereas the Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya highlighted in his speech of 8 February at Thammasat University that Thailand and Cambodia should not bring up accounts of historical conflicts as an impediment to the development of their bilateral relationship and building of prosperous and peaceful ASEAN Community,

J.  whereas the Cambodian Prime Minister, Hoon Sen, is appealing to the United Nations to intervene and Phnom Penh claims Thailand violated the United Nations Charter and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in Southeast Asia,



1. Deplores this outbreak of violence in the border region between Thailand and Cambodia, which resulted in at least 7 killings, many houses and local schools being damaged and thousands of civilians evacuated from the adjacent villages;

2. Expresses sincere sympathy with the local civilians and calls on the Thai and Cambodian authorities to engage in productive dialogue about lasting solutions to the current border problems;

3. Welcomes the announcement by Thai officials about the resumption of talks and the termination of further violent actions;

4. Takes note of the announced verbal agreement on the cessation of hostilities; urges however both sides of the conflict to establish a formal ceasefire which would result in normalisation of the current situation in the border region;

5. Calls on both sides to put in place an effective arrangement for cessation of hostilities and to exercise maximum restraint;

6. Welcomes that both partners remain committed to the existing development cooperation and are committed to see a way for a peaceful solution to the border problem;

7. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the UN Secretary General, the Secretary-General of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and to the Governments of Kingdom of Cambodia and Kingdom of Thailand.

Laatst bijgewerkt op: 15 februari 2011Juridische mededeling