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Cambodia Complaints to UN Amid New Clashes with Thailand

The Cambodian government says part of an 11th-century Hindu temple
has been damaged by cross-border artillery fire from the Thai army.
Cambodian soldiers carry their weapons near Preah Vihear temple along
the border with Thailand February 6, 2011. Thai and Cambodian soldiers
exchanged fire on a disputed stretch of their border on Sunday,
witnesses said, the third flare-up in three days in an ancient feud
over territory surrounding a 900-year-old Hindu temple.
A statement released by the Phnom Penh government and quoted by the
French news agency says a wing of the Preah Vihear temple — a United
Nations World Heritage site — collapsed Sunday “as a direct result of a
Thai artillery bombardment.” There was no immediate response to the
statement from Thai officials.
New clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops erupted Sunday near
the disputed temple, ending a brief cease-fire agreed to after fighting
last week left at least five people dead. The temple, which straddles
the Thai-Cambodian border, belongs to Cambodia under a 1962 World Court
ruling disputed by many Thais.
There were no immediate reports of casualties in the fighting
Sunday, which came just hours after Thai Prime Minister Abhisit
Vejjajiva called for a peaceful solution to the dispute. Saturday,
about 2,000 members of Thailand’s People’s Alliance for Democracy party
gathered in Bangkok to demand the prime minister adopt a tougher stance.

In Cambodia Sunday evening, Prime Minister Hun Sen sent an urget
letter to the UN Security Counsel requesting a meeting on the border
fighting. The letter is an addition to  Foreign Minister Hor Namhong’s
letter on Saturday in which complained to the United Nations about what
he described as “flagrant aggression” by Thai troops.

The 1962 World Court ruling awarded the temple to Cambodia, although
its main entrance lies inside Thailand. The ruling did not settle
ownership of the land immediately surrounding the temple, which both
sides claim.

Source: VOA News
Categories: Local News
  1. Anonymous
    February 7, 2011 at 5:47 am

    “Come Back Darling” – Chun Vanna
    This is the song that takes me in the gut during my observations in the camps Cambodian-Thai. I was struck by a mine explosion that killed and wounded (more than once) people climbing the hill to pick fruit Dangrek (phlê Kouy) and sell them to return to the camp.

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