Cambodia will ask the United Nations to send peace-keeping forces to the buffer zone near the disputed Preah Vihear temple to avoid further clashes between Thailand and Cambodia.

According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen made the statement on Feb. 7 following consecutive fire exchanges since Feb. 4 that have left dozens of Cambodian civilians killed and forced about 10,000 locals to evacuate.

On Feb. 7, Indonesia, chair of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) sent Foreign Minister Natalegawa to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh to mediate the dispute.

At present, the United Nations, the ASEAN and the United States are also calling on both countries to exercise restraint at the highest level, preventing the dispute from further escalating and come back to the negotiation table as early as possible.

The Preah Vihear temple locates on the borderline between Thailand and Cambodia and both countries claim sovereignty over this area.

Although the International Court of Justice ruled in 1962 that the temple belonged to Cambodia, the row over an area of 4.6 sq. km near the temple has become a hot spot in the bilateral relations./.