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Cambodia, Thailand border dispute ‘worsening’ ខែកក្កដា 18, 2008

Posted by សុភ័ក្ត្រ in News.

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen says his country’s border dispute with Thailand is “worsening” and has called for the immediate withdrawal of Thai troops and protesters from the area.

The Cambodian leader has described the three-day stand-off at the disputed Preah Vihear temple as “very bad” for relations.

His comments are contained in a letter to Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.

Earlier, the Cambodian military said Thai troops had again crossed the border, saying some 400 soldiers are now
in the country.

Thailand has denied the allegation, insisting it has troops in the border area, but none in Cambodia itself.

Thai PM blames protesters

The Thai prime minister says he blames three Thai protesters who illegally crossed a Cambodian borderpoint for the military standoff between the two countries.

The three – a man, a woman and a Buddhist monk – tried to reach the Preah Vihear temple on July 15, vowing to reclaim it for Thailand.

The temple has provoked political turmoil in Thailand after Prime Minister Samak’s government agreed last month to support Cambodia’s bid to win World Heritage status for the ruins.

The World Court ruled in 1962 that it belongs to Cambodia, but its most accessible entrance lies in Thailand and the exact border is in dispute.

A Thai court invalidated the prime minister’s agreement, and foreign minister Noppadon Pattama was forced to resign in the ensuing scandal. The parliamentary opposition is mulling impeachment motions against the entire cabinet.

Despite the controversy, last week the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO awarded the temple World Heritage status in recognition of its importance as an example of ancient Khmer architecture.

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ប្រភព៖ http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/200807/s2307130.htm?tab=asia



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