Thailand and Cambodia continue their dispute over the 11th Century Preah Vihear temple and which is a UN World Heritage site. But both countries have agreed to allow Indonesian observers to monitor disputed border territory, an official says. (map, from bbcimg.co.uk)
They reached that agreement in Jakarta, during a meeting of the Asean regional group.
Up to 40 military and civilian observers would be on both sides of the border, said Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.
“This is an observer team, not a peacekeeping or peace enforcement team. The observer team will be unarmed,” Mr Natalegawa said.
Earlier this month, clashes near the temple killed at least eight people and damaged the monument, according to Cambodian officials.
Located high in mountains which form the border between the two nations, the Preah Vihear temple was awarded to Cambodia in 1962 by the international court.
Despite that decision, both countries claim ownership of the surrounding area, which led to several skirmishes there in recent years.
A few weeks ago violence took place when each side accused the other of violating its sovereignty.