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Cambodia Threatens to Open Fire

The Cambodian military is mobilizing tanks and armored vehicles towards the border Thai-Cambodian.

Cambodia has also threatened to open fire if Thailand does not stop
aggravating the situation and interfering with road construction
leading to the Preah Vihear Temple.

Cambodia’s Third Region Army Commander Lieutenant General Sreyderk, who
oversees security at the disputed Preah Vihear Temple, stated that the
Cambodian military has been mobilizing troops, tanks and heavy
artillery towards the border since Friday in preparation for the
possibility of a confrontation.

The Cambodian military commander said that Thai troops have been
aggravating the situation, which has prompted the military to send in
tanks and heavy artillery as a defensive precaution.

Cambodian Minister Kiew Kanayalit said in an interview that fighting
may occur by tomorrow if Thailand does not end their threats or cease
interfering with a road construction leading to the Preah Vihear
Temple.

The Cambodian minister went on to say that the matter involving road
construction has yet to be discussed as it cuts through a 4.6 square
kilometer disputed area that Cambodia claim belongs to them.

The road construction project was initiated in 2008 by a charity
organization headed Hun Mana, the sister of Cambodia’s Premier Hun sen.

Meanwhile, Hun Sen is planning a nationwide local election campaign, scheduled for the beginning of 2012.

Many believe the outcome of the upcoming local elections will determine
the popularity of the administration, which will be used in the general
election at the end of 2013.

The Cambodian government registered the 10th century temple as a
heritage site in July 2008 despite the fact that the only entrance and
other parts of the temple are situated on Thai soil.

The successful registration with the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee
is believed to have allowed the Cambodian People’s Party to win the
election in 2008 with more than 123 seats.

Thai Asian Network
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