Cambodia and Thailand are expected to resume their bilateral negotiations on a disputed border area on April 7-8 in Bogor city of Indonesia ’s West Java province.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said in an interview with the Japanese media on March 16 that Indonesia will attend the negotiations as stated in the ASEAN informal foreign ministers’ meeting held in Jakarta on February 22.

Indonesia , as the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), was tasked by the UN Security Council to mediate the border conflict between Cambodia and Thailand .

At the above-mentioned meeting, participating nations issued a joint statement, emphasising the commitments of both Cambodia and Thailand to implement peace principles in dealing with disputes and not use force, as prescribed in the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC), the ASEAN Charter and the UN Charter.

The statement also backed the promises of Cambodia and Thailand to avoid armed conflicts, as agreed by both sides on February 19, and welcomed the two nations’ request to Indonesia in its capacity as ASEAN Chair to send observers to the disputed area.

Cambodia and Thailand have been at loggerheads over their rival claims to 4.6 square kilometres of land around a temple on the border. Since the temple was registered as a World Heritage Site in 2008, several rounds of border clashes have occurred.

ASEAN groups Brunei , Cambodia , Indonesia , Laos , Malaysia , Myanmar , the Philippines , Singapore , Thailand and Vietnam ./.