>UN chief urges "utmost restraint" in Cambodia-Thailand clashes

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A Cambodian soldier examines the body of a colleague who was killed near Preah Vihear temple in Preah Vihear province, some 543 kilometers north of Phnom Penh on October 15, 2008. (AFP)

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations on Wednesday expressed his deep concern about the exchange of gunfire along the Cambodia-Thailand border and urging the neighbors to exercise “utmost restraint.”

“The secretary-general is deeply concerned about the exchange of gunfire today along the Cambodia-Thailand boarder and the reported casualties,” Ban’s spokeswoman Michele Montas said.

According to reports, two Cambodian soldiers and a number of Thai and Cambodian servicemen were wounded in the firefight.

Montas said the UN chief calls on both parties to exercise utmost restraint and urges them to expedite bilateral talks so that their differences can be resolved peacefully.  

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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