Cambodia is asking for UN peacekeepers, which is certainly an option that the Security Council ought to consider. On the ground, peacekeepers can help give both sides some breathing space as they work out a political solution to this crisis. It would also raise the diplomatic stakes of the crisis in the sense that the Security Council have to take ownership over the dispute. Not only would the Security Council have to approve a mission, but every six months it would meet on the issue to renew the mission’s mandate.
What do you think? Is UN peacekeeping a viable option for this long simmering conflict?