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Military confrontation between Cambodia, Thai near temple continues

Cambodian
tanks have been trucked out of their bases at Longvek town in Pursat
province on and headed toward Preah Vihear temple. They are expected to
arrived Saturday morning, the 29th January.
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: Xinhua

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