JAKARTA - The prime ministers of Thailand and Cambodia met on Sunday
after pressure from other regional leaders to end deadly border
skirmishes, but there was no sign of a breakthrough to resolve Southeast
Asia's bloodiest conflict in nearly a quarter century.
The clashes around crumbling Hindu temples in disputed border areas are
getting in the way of an annual meeting of Southeast Asian leaders and
damaging the credibility of the region's pledge to forge a united
economic community by 2015.
Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his Cambodian counterpart Hun
Sen offered no comment after a meeting brokered in Jakarta by
Indonesia's president to seek a solution to a conflict that has killed
18 people in recent weeks.
"It is very important that we hold together," President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono told the region's leaders ahead of the meeting at an annual
two-day regional summit, adding the group faced enormous challenges.