Cambodia's border issue is another legacy of Thailand's PAD
- From: Chim <ChimS1@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 04:07:40 -0800 (PST)
Border 'unchanged' despite talks
Written by Thet Sambath
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Soldiers at Preah Vihear say standoff continues in spite of dialogue
between Cambodia and Thailand.
DESPITE continued dialogue Monday between Cambodia and Thailand's
foreign ministers in Phnom Penh, commanders on the border say the
military standoff there - now in its seventh month - continues to drag
"Nothing has changed," Srey Doek, commander of Military Division 3,
said Tuesday. "Our soldiers are standing in the same place as
Tensions along the border were further complicated on Monday when a
Thai solider was severely injured in a land mine accident around 200
metres from the Cambodian front lines, Neak Vong, deputy commander of
Brigade 42, told the Post.
The injury prompted Thai soldiers to shoot into the air in a bid to
signal to superiors what had happened. Cambodian soldiers, unaware of
the accident, went on red alert after hearing the shots, Neak Vong
He added that Thai soldiers had been on patrol when the incident
"There are many mines in this area because it was a battlefield in the
1980s and 1990s. We know, and Thai soldiers also know, the area is
full of mines, but they still violate [our territory on their
patrols]," Neak Vong said.
He said that five soldiers in civilian uniforms from each side
continue to standoff at the contested Ta Moan Thom temple in Oddar
Troubles began on the border in July when Unesco listed the Preah
Vihear temple as a World Heritage site.
Soldiers on both sides were killed and wounded when firefights broke
out in October, but since then fighting has stopped, with both sides
saying they are committed to dialogue in a bid to reduce the military
buildup along the border.
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