A military attache delegation from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and dialogue partners on Feb. 21 made a fact-finding trip to the disputed area between Thailand and Cambodia to observe the border situation.

The delegation -- including attaches from Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Russia, Japan, France and the United States -- visited Kanttaralak district in Si Sa Ket province of Thailand, where recent fire exchange clashes took place between the two armies.

During the visit, the Thai side underlined that they wanted to settle the border dispute by peaceful means while local Thai people expressed their wish that both countries would reach a permanent ceasefire agreement.

Lieut. Gen. Sirichai Ditthakul, deputy chief of the Thai Royal Army said that army commander Prayuth Chan-ocha briefed the military attaches on exchanges of fire between the two sides on Feb. 8./.