United Nations (Agencies): In reply to UN Security Council’s appeal for peaceful negotiation between Thailand and Cambodia on their border row, Thailand's foreign minister said conciliations take time like India and China are yet to settle their issues.

"Look at China and India. They went to war 40 years ago. They have not restarted the negotiations but we have started. Border negotiations do take time," said Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, who was at the UN to discuss the border issue.

The clashes between February 4 and 7 took at least eight lives and led to the displacement of thousands of civilians and destruction of property.

The dispute involves an 11th century Hindu temple, Preah Vihar, which both sides claim.

Cambodia wants the UN to interfere but Thailand has been pushing for the matter to be resolved bilaterally.

Both sides accused each other of starting the dispute and Thailand also denies accusations by Cambodia of using cluster bombs.

"We did not shoot first... it was in response," claimed Piromya.

Marty M Natalegawat, Foreign Minister of Indonesia and chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to which both countries belong, said that the regional organisation would discuss the matter at the ASEAN meeting in Jakarta on February 22.