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Thais want negotiations: poll

Apr 20. 2013
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By The Nation on Sunday

Nearly half of Thais surveyed fear the Preah Vihear dispute could lead to war, and almost all want to see a peaceful solution, according to the results of an Abac poll released yesterday.


Abac Poll assistant director Suriyan Boontae said the survey was conducted on 2,232 people aged over 18 in 17 provinces from April 15-19. It found that 48 per cent of respondents were worried about the future of Thai-Cambodian relations, while some 52 per cent said otherwise. Asked if they feared a war between Thailand and Cambodia, nearly half (47.4 per cent) said they were very worried, 28 per cent said they were slightly worried or not worried, and 25 per cent said they were moderately worried. Some 95.2 per cent urged negotiation as a solution. Only 4.8 per cent backed the use of force. 

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