Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cambodia says Thai soldiers again encroach on Cambodian soil


As many 100 fully armed Thai soldiers have entered Cambodian territory near a disputed border temple, a spokesman for Cambodia's Council of Ministers said Wednesday. Phay Siphan told Kyodo News the Thai troops crossed into Cambodia at 1:45 p.m. at a site known as Eagle Field where the Cambodian and Thai militaries had a tense confrontation last year. Initial reports said the Thai troops plan to reoccupy the area, but the Cambodian side is trying to convince the Thai troops to return to their previous position about 600 meters away. Thailand and Cambodia have yet to fully demark their common border and a dispute last year over ownership of a World Heritage-named temple in Cambodia spilled into violence several times before settling into a tense border standoff.

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