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Thai-Cambodia border clashes enter 11th day

BANGKOK, THAILAND (BNO NEWS) — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva
on Monday said the Thai-Cambodian border situation is generally under
control, however, fighting has now entered their 11th day.
Sporadic clashes broke out since Sunday evening until Monday morning
around the Ta Krabei temple and the Ta Mon temple, but reports indicate
that soldiers only used small arms and grenades during the exchanges, as
heavy weapons were not used. 
No casualties were reported during the latest clashes, but the
fighting, which began on April 22, has resulted in the death of 17
people, including one Thai civilian. In addition, reports indicate that
almost 100,000 civilians have been forced to evacuate their villages.
Last week, Thai 2nd Army commander Lt. Gen. Tawatchai Samutsakhon and
Lt. Gen. Chea Mon, the 4th Army Region chief of Cambodia, agreed
verbally to a ceasefire, but less than one day after the agreement, a
Thai soldier was killed as clashes erupted only hours after the verbal
ceasefire was agreed.
Both Cambodia and Thailand claim the 4.6 square kilometer area near
the ancient Preah Vihear temple on their shared border, which has never
been formally established. Cambodia requested Indonesian observers to
mediate in the conflict but Thailand denied.
Tensions first escalated between the two countries in July 2008
following the build-up of military forces near the 900-year-old Preah
Vihear temple. The United Nations Security Council urged both sides to
establish a permanent ceasefire after at least 10 people were killed.
Clashes resumed in February as both nations claim the lands
surrounding the ancient Hindu Temple, which has been damaged due to the
conflict. The Preah Vihear temple dates back to the 11th century and is
located on the Cambodian side of the border.
In 2008, it was inscribed on the World Heritage List in recognition
of its outstanding universal value. It is considered an outstanding
example of Khmer architecture and consists of a complex of sanctuaries
linked by pavements and staircases on an 800-meter-long axis.
Thailand and Cambodia are scheduled to meet in next month’s ASEAN
summit, which is scheduled to take place in Indonesia. In addition, Thai
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya also has an appointment to meet with
ASEAN chairman Marty Natalegawa on Thursday.
Wire Update
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