Vietnam wants Thailand and Cambodia to exercise maximum restraint, to avoid armed clashes and continue resolving disputes through peaceful negotiations, a Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

Spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga made the statement on April 22 while answering reporters’ question on Vietnam’s reaction to conflicts occurring on April 22 between Thailand and Cambodia in the areas of Ta Mon Thom and Ta Krabey temples on the two countries’ border.

She said: “As ASEAN members and as a neighbour of both Thailand and Cambodia, Vietnam once again wants the two sides to exercise maximum restraint, avoid armed conflicts and continue resolving disputes through peaceful negotiations on the basis of basic principles of international law, the United Nations Charter and on the spirit of friendship, ASEAN solidarity and for the two peoples’ interest and for peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.

“We call on Cambodia and Thailand to strictly abide by pledges made at the informal ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Jakarta on Feb. 22, 2011 and not let the situation become more complicated,” she said./.