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Confrontation Between Cambodia, Thai Continues

Cambodian tanks and armoured personnel carriers headed toward the Khmer-Thai border front line.
The military confrontation between Cambodian and Thai troops over
the border area near Preah Vihear temple continues on Saturday and
troops on both sides are still on high alert, said a close military
source standby at the area.
“We’re still on high alert to defend our territorial integrity, ” a
senior officer, who asked not to be named, said on Saturday.
Thai side has stepped up their troops on their border side; they
attempted to bring their Thai flag to fly at Cambodia’s Keo Sikha Kiri
Svarak pagoda near Preah Vihear temple, he said.
“We have warned Thai troops in advance already, if they dare to
enter Cambodian territory, Cambodia will use self-defense rights to
protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.
Cambodian Ministry of Defense on Friday has dispatched dozens of
tanks and fighting vehicles as well as missiles and ammunition to Preah
Vihear temple area. He said that those armaments have arrived at Preah
Vihear temple on Saturday morning.
The re-tension between Cambodia and Thailand over the border
happened on Thursday after Thailand demanded Cambodia to remove a
national flag over Wat Keo Sikha Kiri Svarak pagoda near Preah Vihear
temple, claiming that the pagoda is on the disputed area, but Cambodian
side rejected it.
Meanwhile, Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation issued a declaration on Friday to firmly reject the demand
of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to remove the Cambodia’s flag
at the pagoda near Preah Vihear temple.
The ministry said that according to the map produced by the
Franco-Siamese commissions between the period of 1905 and 1908, the Keo
Sikha Kiri Svara pagoda, built by the people of Cambodia in 1998, is
clearly situated in the Cambodian territory. Therefore, the flag of
Cambodia is legitimately flying over this pagoda.
The ministry called “the statement made by Thai Prime Minister in
parallel with Thailand’s military exercise at the border with Cambodia
is clearly provocative and constitutes a casus belli for future acts of
aggression against Cambodia.”
Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as World Heritage Site
on July 7, 2008. Just a week after the enlistment, Cambodia and
Thailand have had border conflict due to Thai claim of the ownership of
1.8 square miles (4.6 sq km) of scrub next to the temple, triggering a
military build-up along the border, and periodic clashes between
Cambodian and Thai soldiers have resulted in the deaths of troops on
both sides.
Source: CRIEnglish
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