Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Feb. 13 that there was no need for outside mediation to resolve a deadly border conflict with Cambodia.

The UN Security Council meeting, which will take place on Feb. 14 in New York under Phnom Penh’s proposal, will a chance to show that Cambodia sparked the conflict, he said in his weekly television address.

Cambodia’s claims to call for a third country, the United Nations and peacekeeping forces were wrong, the PM said, adding Thailand would call for a return to bilateral talks on demarcation.

One day earlier, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said that his country asked the UN to play as a mediator for a ceasefire agreement with Thailand in order to end their long-lasting dispute over territory around the ancient temple of Preah Vihear .

Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya and his Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong are scheduled to attend the UN Security Council’s upcoming meeting.

The conflict started with crossfire between Thai and Cambodian soldiers from Feb. 4, causing casualties on both sides and forcing thousands of local people to be evacuated from their homes./.